President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, a day before the Senate holds its acquittal vote on the articles of impeachment. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give the Democrats’ response, and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) will deliver the Democrats’ response in Spanish. Numerous Democrats like Reps. Al Green (D-TX), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) will boycott the address.
Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates. All times eastern.
9:05 PM: Trump enters House chamber.
9:00 PM: Melania sits next to Rush:
SOTU getting ready to get under way. Melania Trump, dressed all in black, just entered, sitting next to Rush Limbaugh.
— Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) February 5, 2020
Rush Limbaugh arrives at the Capitol for State of the Union pic.twitter.com/NCr88Vc7W1
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 5, 2020
8:55 PM: Pelosi, Pence not even looking at each other. House impeachment managers sitting together:
The House’s impeachment managers — who are all sitting together — have had a receiving line of fellow Democrats ever since they got to the floor.
Lots of hand-shaking. I also saw Rep. Dan Kildee give a salute.
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) February 5, 2020
8:30 PM: Republicans waiting for Trump:
The seat saving by GOPers on or near the center aisle where Trump will walk down for the SOTU is underway – some I’ve spotted:
Rep Van Drew
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) February 4, 2020
8:25 PM: Excerpts of Trump’s speech:
Excerpts of Trump’s speech: pic.twitter.com/R1ks7isrWa
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) February 5, 2020
8:15 PM: Whitmer releases excerpts of response:
— Mark Cavitt (@MarkCavitt) February 5, 2020
8:00 PM: State of the Union: Economy booming:
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) February 4, 2020
The real worry for Ds right now isn’t the IA caucus mess, it’s that: 1) latest Gallup has Trump at 49%, highest ever of his presidency; 2) other polls out this week show Trump on high end of his job approve range; and 1/2
— amy walter (@amyewalter) February 4, 2020
Split Squad: Omar, Tlaib to attend in protest:
I am attending tonight’s address not to confer any legitimacy on his actions, his statements, or his presidency.
I am attending on behalf of all of those targeted by this President to say, ‘We are greater than hate.’
My presence tonight is resistance.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 4, 2020
“There is no right or wrong way to protest.” —@ayannapressley
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 4, 2020
Guaido will attend SOTY:
Exclusive: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido will attend tonight’s State of the Union address as a guest of the White House, suggesting that Trump still sees him as the best chance to replace Maduro https://t.co/JHbYjrypfs @JenniferJJacobs @justinsink
— Patricia Laya (@PattyLaya) February 4, 2020
Dems, Independents Don’t Even Want to Watch SOTU:
Nearly two in five (39%) Americans plan to watch President Donald Trump’s State of the Union message tonight. 47% say they will not be watching and don’t want to watch the address tonight. https://t.co/OkhlaSavnX #SOTU #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/e4SZqVlyvK
— YouGovUS (@YouGovUS) February 4, 2020
Resistance Democrats boycotting:
After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.
None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it.
Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2020
Because of an impeached, reckless, ruthless, lawless, shameless, corrupt, & unapologetically bigoted president – who is still engaging in a coverup, the state of the House, the state of the Senate, and the #StateOfTheUnion are divided.
I will NOT attend #SOTU2020.
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) February 4, 2020
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) February 4, 2020
To think that I would attend the #SOTU to hear the message of an IMPEACHED president is a thought that in no way would be consistent w/ my fight and struggle against this dishonorable president. I will certainly NOT be there!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) February 4, 2020
I will #BoycottSOTU, but the crowd will be filled w/ people impacted most by Trump’s policies & McConnell’s shameful inaction. I gave my ticket to Michelle Freedman, a tireless advocate for lower Rx prices. Her experience is why we’re fighting to improve the #StateOfHealthCare
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) February 4, 2020
I’m not interested in listening to this impeached President lie. Therefore, I will not be attending the #SOTU2020 tonight.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) February 4, 2020