Congressman Al Green Will Not Attend President Trump’s Photo Op

Sep 21, 2019

(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following statement announcing his intended absence from the ‘Howdy Modi’ event scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019, at NRG Stadium:                 

Congressman Green said, “I love my country. I salute the flag and pledge allegiance to justice for all. I believe that no one is above the law. This is why I will continue with the impeachment of President Trump. This is also why, although I will work with this administration on meaningful legislation and substantive issues, I will not foster the false impression that my impeachment fight has ended by attending an event that President Trump may use as a photo op. It has not ended and will not end as long as Mr. Trump is president.”

“I will not be there for another photo op with a president who has caged children; who believes Haiti and various African nations are ‘s***hole countries’; who calls asylees fleeing harm ‘invaders’; who would ban Muslims from the country and trans persons from the military; and who refuses to support gun sense issues that could save lives by reducing the occurrence of hate shootings in schools, nightclubs, grocery stores, churches, synagogues, temples, and other venues. I will not be there with a president who said there were ‘very fine people’ among the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen who led the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally; a president who fuels the flames of hate. I will not be present for a photo op with a president I intend to impeach for his bigoted policies.”

“Photo ops won’t end bigotry. Photo ops won’t produce meaningful legislation. If I stand alone on this issue, for me, it is better to stand alone than to not stand at all.”