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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 TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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 ObamaLive coverage: Gillum clashes with DeSantis in Florida debate Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Republicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat 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 WatersEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Pelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE (Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDem strategist says Trump should not be impeached Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump Dem lawmaker: Trump impeachment talks 'premature' right now 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.