Another Democrat Refuses to Attend Trump's State of the Union: His Speech Will Be 'Filled With Lies, Deception and Divisiveness'

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has become the fourth Democrat to refuse to sit in the House chamber while President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address tonight.

Blumenauer joins fellow Democratic Representatives Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and John Lewis and Hank Johnson of Georgia in sitting out Trump's speech. Others may follow.

"The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber, listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me," Blumenauer wrote in a statement posted to his Facebook page.

"Just like in past years, I plan to skip a speech that will be filled with lies, deception and divisiveness. Unfortunately, we have real problems in this country and around the globe that are urgent and need addressing."

Blumenauer also tweeted: "The amount of damage, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American people over the last six weeks (and two years) has intentionally hamstrung our work in Congress. I refuse to be witness to his continued antics tomorrow night at the State of the Union address."

Trump's State of the Union address had been delayed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, because of the partial federal government shutdown.

Democrats, who control the House, would not allocate any of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded to build his southern border wall in its spending bills. WhileTrump argues the wall is essential, his opponents say it's an expensive and ineffective gimmick.

After the president shut down the government, congressional negotiations went nowhere,while 800,000 federal employees were either furloughed or worked without pay until Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks while a bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate members negotiated border security. He could shut down the government again on February 15.

A preview of Trump's speech released by the White House suggests that the president, who has been accused of increasing America's divisions with his fiery rhetoric and controversial policies, will appeal to unity.

"We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions," Trump plans to say in his address in the House chamber, The Guardian reported.

But Representative Steve Cohen told The Hill: "I will not attend the State of the Union once again this year. I'll come to the House Chamber for the State of the Union the next time I can hear from a president who will tell the truth about the state of the union."

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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President Donald Trump during a meeting on how to fight human trafficking on the southern border, February 1, in Washington, D.C. Several Democrats said they would sit out Trump's State of the Union address on February 5. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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