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Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address

Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address
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Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarFive things to watch in Biden's first joint address to Congress HuffPost reporter: DCCC will help Dems fend off progressive challengers to 'keep them happy' Democrat: Ex-Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations MORE (D-Texas) will give the Democrats' Spanish-language response to President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE's State of the Union address next month, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Ocasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.) announced Friday.

"Whether it's giving a voice to Latinos across America, or helping her home town of El Paso heal after gun violence, or holding the Trump Administration accountable for its assaults on the vulnerable, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar has embodied the best of public service in her first year in Congress," Schumer said in a statement. "At times like these, we need champions to step up, so I am thrilled she will deliver the Democratic Spanish-language response."

Escobar is a freshman lawmaker and one of the first two Latina members of Congress elected from Texas. Her district along the border with Mexico was previously represented by former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D).

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She made national news during her first year in office in the wake of a shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people. When Trump was preparing to meet with victims of the shooting, Escobar said he was "not welcome" in the city while its residents were still mourning the dead.

"I would ask his staff and his team to consider the fact that his words and his actions have played a role in this," she said at the time.

A manifesto that was allegedly left by the accused shooter, who has pleaded not guilty, closely mirrored some of Trump’s statements about immigrants, including describing the influx of Latino migrants as an “invasion,” though the accused gunman said he held his beliefs before the president took office.

“Our diversity is our strength,” Escobar said in a tweet Friday after the announcement. “Now more than ever, Democrats will continue to celebrate our diversity, defend our democracy, and work for a more equal and just nation.”

Pelosi and Schumer also announced that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) will give the English-language Democratic response to Trump's Feb. 4 speech.