Congressman Al Green’s Statement on Attending State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) –  On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding whether he will attend President Trump’s State of the Union address to the 116th Congress: 

“I am continuing my two-year protest of an unfit, impeachable president by not attending his State of the Union address. President Donald J. Trump has exhibited his unfitness for office since initially campaigning and thereafter governing with a propensity to promulgate and promote bigotry and bigoted policies against Muslims, people of color, women, immigrants, as well as members of the LGBTQ community. Since his inauguration, he has harmed our society by making bigotry and invidious discrimination more acceptable across our country. An example of this is Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s refusal to resign after a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page was exposed. To a certain extent, this governor is ostensibly insulated by the refusal of President Trump to resign, coupled with his not being impeached. Allowing a president who exhibits bigotry to remain in office until the next election while demanding that a governor who has exhibited bigotry leave office before the next election is called ‘having a double standard.’ Bigotry, regardless of the source, is unacceptable. Both must go. I have judiciously pursued President Trump’s impeachment. However, because he is still unfit yet still in office, I see no compelling reason to end my protest of this event.”