The White House today released its guest list for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. Among them is a young Delaware boy bullied because his last name is Trump.
Delaware Online profiled 11-year-old Joshua Trump in a December 2018 write-up:
The bullying started two years ago when he was at Claymont Elementary School, according to his principal. That was about the time Donald J. Trump became president.
The boy and the president share no relation.
Joshua’s family might change his last name from Trump, which he got from his mother Megan Trump, to Berto, his father’s last name. All that to stop schoolyard teasing.
“I had to sit down with my son and hear him tell me that he hates himself and that he feels sad all the time,” his mom said on Facebook.
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) December 12, 2018
The complete White House guest list can be viewed here.
In turn, Fox News reports that a number of House and Senate Democrats are “trolling” the president with their invites to the annual address:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said on Monday she’ll bring an activist who made headlines protesting against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
[Ana Maria] Archila famously cornered then-Sen. Jeff Flake in a Senate elevator and pleaded for the Republican lawmaker to reconsider voting for Kavanaugh, who was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault. Flake agreed to delay a committee vote to allow for a brief investigation, before ultimately supporting Kavanaugh — who denied the accusations.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D- N.J., invited Victorina Morales, a Guatemalan woman living in the U.S. illegally who reportedly was fired from the Trump National Golf Club.
Sandra Diaz, a native of Costa Rica who worked at Trump’s club from 2010 to 2013, also will be attending the State of the Union as a guest of Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who is running for president in 2020, invited Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, an air traffic controller who lost her home in the 2017 Thomas fire in Southern California and was one of the 800,000 federal workers who missed paychecks during the shutdown.
Transgender service members will also be in attendance after invites from several Democratic lawmakers:
At least four Democratic members of Congress announced they will bring transgender service members or veterans to Tuesday’s State of the Union address to draw attention to President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.
Rep. Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, one of 10 openly LGBTQ members of Congress, told NBC News on Monday that his guest will be Tavion Dignard, who served in the Navy from 1998 to 2002.
The other lawmakers who made similar announcements are Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Jackie Speier California and A. Donald McEachin of Virginia.
The official theme for the speech is “Choosing Greatness.” The AP notes Trump will stress unity:
Addressing the nation at the weakest point of his presidency, Trump will seek to use the ceremonial moment to pitch a unifying vision and reset relations with Democrats. The prime-time presidential set-piece Tuesday night comes amid a bitter border wall fight that nearly derailed the speech altogether, but Trump is not expected to dwell on the rancor.
“I really think it’s going to be a speech that’s going to cover a lot of territory, but part of it’s going to be unity,” Trump told reporters this week.
Failed candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams will give the Democratic response to Trump’s speech. Failed candidate for president Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will respond to the address after Abrams’s concludes.
As always, the major networks will carry the president’s speech live, and C-SPAN will broadcast it live on their website. It will also stream live on YouTube and Facebook.
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