State of the Union guests to highlight sexual harassment, assault debate

Saul Bowman
January 13, 2018

Some in Congress are looking to take a cue from Hollywood and wear black to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

"My colleagues and I in the [House Democratic Women's Working Group] are calling on our fellow MoCs - women & men, Democrats & Republicans - to wear black to this year's #SOTU in solidarity w/survivors of sexual harassment/violence in Hollywood, politics, the military, academia, etc. #TIMESUP #MeToo", she wrote.

It is unclear how many women will join the silent protest, which is likely to draw attention to the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct that have been levied against Mr Trump himself.

Clinton, herself, wore white during key moments of her 2016 presidential campaign.

The move echoes a demonstration at the recent Golden Globe Awards, where female actors invited feminist leaders, community organizers and activists against sexual violence to raise awareness about women's inequality.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) (3rd L) speaks as she holds a news conference with other Democratic Congress members, including Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) (L) and Rep.

The move comes after almost every woman at this year's Golden Globes wore black to show their support.

Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer meanwhile said he meant to boycott the January 30 speech altogether.

Last year, for Trump's joint address - the speech becomes the State of the Union after the president's first year in office - Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Steve Cohen of Tennessee told the Hill they do, however, plan to attend.

Both the White House and members of Congress will be sending political messages through the guests they invite.

There had been talk, according to NBC News, of inviting the women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault, but that was squashed. NBC News reported that the "discussion" of bringing Trump's accusers was quickly "killed".

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