House Democrats are changing tactics from their boycott on Inauguration Day and are now plotting not just to attend President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28th, but to invite guests they believe will make the president most uncomfortable.
According to The Hill,
In a letter circulating on Capitol Hill, a group of liberals is urging fellow Democrats to bring guests who have made “a positive impact” on the community “despite discrimination or marginalization.”
“It is our hope that their presence in the House Gallery will remind President Trump that he is not the arbiter of patriotism,” reads the letter. “This country belongs to all of us, and his rhetoric of intolerance will not stand.”
The authors of the letter are as diverse as the crowd they’re seeking to assemble.
They include Reps. Jim Langevin (R.I.), who was shot accidentally as a teen and became the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress; Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Cedric Richmond (La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; Judy Chu (Calif.), head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; and David Cicilline (R.I.) and Jared Polis (Colo.), the co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
“We want to send a strong message to the [president] that he cannot push these communities aside, and he cannot change the fabric of this country,” they wrote.
That’s an interesting word salad, if nothing else.
Of course, when it comes to anything Donald Trump has actually done in his first 13 days in office that has anything to do with minority rights and inclusion, he upheld them. In January, President Trump decided to keep President Obama’s executive order providing workplace protections for LGBTQ persons.
The left has now latched on to Trump’s not-so-much “Muslim ban” as a rallying cry for more protests. The Trump administration made a major misstep in the rollout of temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries, but no corrections or reasoning with facts is getting through to the anti-Trump left.
Politicians are going to grandstand. Both sides do it. We get it. This particular tactic, however, is antithetical to their position of Donald Trump being a heartless bigot. That type of person isn’t fazed by a few people sitting in a crowd, except to possibly dig in. This stunt has nothing to do with Donald Trump and everything to do with Democrats wanting to call attention to their protest. Protests that a few weeks ago would have been called hateful bigotry while a Democrat occupied the White House.
Democrats have caused their own marginalization into the minority party at all levels of government. If you can’t be right, be loud. And if you can make some money off of it, even better, I’m sure is their thinking.