Trump State of the Union speech: Who is boycotting from Illinois

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois. (Brian Jackson/For The SunTimes)

WASHINGTON – Three Democratic Illinois House members – Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Jan Schakowsky – will boycott President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

The two Democratic Illinois senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth will attend.

All six Illinois Republican House members will attend Trump’s first State of the Union.

There are 11 Illinois Democratic House members. Eight will attend the speech; three will boycott Trump.

Rush said in a statement that Trump’s presidency is “built on racism, stupidity, and lies.”

Davis spokesman Ira Cohen told the Chicago Sun-Times that Davis will be in Chicago on Tuesday and will be watching the Democratic response. That will be delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III D-Mass., a nephew of Illinois Democratic governor hopeful Chris Kennedy.

On Friday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill., told the Chicago Sun-Times she will not attend Trump’s first State of the Union speech. She said, “the language and actions of the president should not be considered the new normal and just proceed as business as usual.

“The American people have been subjected to a year of racist and erratic and divisive behavior,” she added.

Rush said in a statement, “This has been the most chaotic, divisive, and incompetent first year of any administration and I will not sit and watch as Trump pretends that he’s off to a successful start. He’s not.

“Trump does not respect the office, our long standing institutions, traditions, and many of our citizens, who he has repeatedly insulted. We are watching the presidency erode before our eyes and I, for one, refuse to participate in pomp and circumstance that does nothing but normalize his egregious and hateful behavior. This is a presidency that has been built on racism, stupidity, and lies, which has already wasted enough of America’s time and I will not waste anymore of mine.”

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