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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 TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony 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 ObamaMedia once hated HW — before using him to jab Trump Republicans missed best shot on keeping promise to cut spending California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list 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: Markets roiled by trade tensions | Rally on hopes of Fed pause on rate hikes | Senate sends two-week spending measure to Trump | Consumer bureau pick confirmed | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 Black Caucus chairman pushes back against committee term limits On The Money: US, Mexico, Canada sign trade deal | Ocasio-Cortez seeks spot on House banking panel | New GOP tax bill hits roadblock MORE (Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenVoters split on if House Dems should begin Trump impeachment proceedings, poll finds Dem strategist says Trump should not be impeached Cummings throws cold water on impeaching 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.

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"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.