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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly 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 ObamaBiden's finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court' Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: The midterms have begun 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.
"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."
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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.