Fox's Wallace: 'It's a mistake' for Dems to boycott State of the Union

Fox News's Chris Wallace on Tuesday said in an interview on the network that he "personally thinks it's a mistake" for some Democrats to boycott President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's State of the Union.

The perspective comes as many Democrats have announced plans to not attend the president's address, primarily citing "racist" and "divisive" remarks during his first year in office.

"They certainly have the right to do it. I’m sure some Republicans boycotted Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIntelligence for the days after President Trump leaves office Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE when he spoke. I personally think it’s a mistake," said Wallace, a 50-year news veteran, told "America's Newsroom" anchor Sandra Smith.

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"I think to a certain degree you go to the State of the Union speech not to honor the particular president, but to honor the institution of the presidency, to at least hear what the man has to say."

"I suspect that he and the standing room-only crowd in the House will proceed just fine without them," the "Fox News Sunday" host concluded. "That’s their decision and I guess as we say, it’s a free country."

Democrats Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters? MORE (Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Citing Virginia race scandals, Dem vows vote to impeach Trump MORE (Texas) were the lone Democrats in 2017 to skip the president's address to a joint session of Congress, which in essence is a State of the Union address for an incoming president.

The Hill's Whip List of Democrats skipping this year's address includes Waters and Green, along with Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerBusinesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included Dem senator introduces S. 420 bill that would legalize marijuana Dems downplay divisions over Green New Deal MORE (Ore.), Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDemocrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers MORE (Tenn.), Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyJoe Kennedy introduces resolution rejecting Trump’s transgender military ban Warren launches White House bid with call for 'structural change' Joe Kennedy to endorse Warren during campaign announcement MORE III (Mass.), Danny K. Davis (Ill.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Utah tests Trump on Medicaid expansion | Dems roll out Medicare buy-in proposal | Medicare for all could get hearing next month | Doctors group faces political risks on guns MORE (Wash.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president Barbara Lee endorses Kamala Harris's 2020 bid MORE (Calif.), John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Biden eulogizes Dingell: 'Dignity was how John walked. Dignity was how John talked' MORE (Ga.), Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksProtesters interrupt Elliott Abrams during Venezuela hearing Dem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union MORE (N.Y.), Bobby RushBobby Lee RushDem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union Dem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King MORE (Ill.), Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHouse panel to hold hearing on data privacy legislation Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Hillicon Valley: Dems ready to subpoena Trump Tower meeting phone records | Dems, Whitaker in standoff over testimony | Bezos accuses National Enquirer of 'extortion' | Amazon offers rules for facial recognition | Apple releases FaceTime fix MORE (Ill.), Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresDemocrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union Hispanic Dems announce task forces for 116th Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Amazon picks NYC, Northern Virginia for new offices | CNN suing Trump over Acosta press pass | Pelosi machine lobbies for Speakership MORE (N.J.), and Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonDem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union Booker reaches out to lawmakers to seek support for 2020 bid MORE (Fla.).

"To go would be to honor the president and I don't think he deserves to be honored at this time after being so hateful towards black people and then black countries, Haiti and the whole continent of Africa,” Wilson told CNN.

Kennedy will deliver one of five State of the Union responses being offered up by Democrats on Tuesday night after the address.