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More Dems plan to skip Trump's State of the Union

The number of House Democrats announcing their plans to skip President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE's State of the Union address grew to four on Monday.

Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDemocrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Democrats have a growing tax problem with SALT Progressives up pressure on Biden to back COVID vaccine patent waiver MORE (D-Ore.), who didn't attend Trump's address to Congress last year, said he won't be going on Tuesday night either.

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"The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me. Just like in past years, I plan to skip a speech that will be filled with lies, deception and divisiveness," Blumenauer said in a statement.

Blumenauer invited the executive director of the World Central Kitchen, Nate Mook, to attend as his guest even though he won't be there. World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres, has recently provided meals to hurricane victims and federal workers furloughed during the recent partial government shutdown.

"The amount of damage, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American people over the last six weeks has been a blemish on the new Congress and I refuse to be witness to his continued antics," Blumenauer said.

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenLobbying world Buttigieg charms Washington with his accessibility Chris Christie joins board of New York Mets MORE (D-Tenn.), who has previously called for President Trump's impeachment, also says he will again boycott the State of the Union address this year.

“I will not attend the State of the Union once again this year. I’ll come to the House Chamber for the State of the Union the next time I can hear from a president who will tell the truth about the State of the Union," Cohen said in a statement to The Hill.

Georgia Democratic Reps. John LewisJohn LewisProgressives put Democrats on defense Democrats face mounting hurdles to agenda Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules MORE and Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire House Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion MORE also said last week that they will not attend.

“I have a problem with defiling the speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives,” Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t want to see it lowered, as is what happens when Donald Trump comes to our floor and starts talking about groups of people, particularly Latinos, and disparaging them as a people.” 

“I’d rather be somewhere else,” Johnson added. 

Fourteen House Democrats boycotted Trump's State of the Union last year. Lewis, a civil rights icon, Blumenauer and Cohen were among the lawmakers who opted against going to the speech in 2018.

Updated at 1:53 p.m.