Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling'

A handful of Democrats walked out of the chamber in the middle of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Tim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (D-Ohio) and Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Jan. 6 probe poised to spill into 2022, with no complaints from Democrats MORE (D-N.J.) hammered the president in statements when explaining their decision to leave the address early.

“I just walked out of the #StateOfTheUnion. I’ve had enough. It’s like watching professional wrestling. It’s all fake,” Ryan tweeted. 

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“I just walked out of the #StateOfTheUnion. I can’t stand a liar. This man’s presidency is a national tragedy,” Pascrell tweeted.

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House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) was also seen leaving the House chamber during the speech and the seats for Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water MORE (D-Mich.) were empty before the address was finished. 

Tlaib later explained that Trump's remarks regarding food stamps were "beneath the dignity of the office he occupies" and McGovern said the president "turned the State of the Union into a campaign rally."

Omar's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The State of the Union address came at a time of heightened tension on Capitol Hill in the midst of the Senate’s impeachment trial and at the outset of an election year in which several members of the upper chamber are running for the chance to challenge the president in November.