After ‘sh*thole’ controversy, Democratic Rep. vows to skip Trump’s State of the Union

In a feeble attempt to get maximum political mileage out of President Donald Trump’s course description of some third world countries, Rep. John Lewis announced Friday that he’ll skip the president’s State of the Union address later this month.

This being the same John Lewis who skipped Trump’s inauguration because he didn’t see him as “a legitimate president.”

Parsing his words to allow a sufficient escape route should it be needed, the Georgia Democrat told MSNBC’s Katy Tur that he will boycott the annual address over Trump using the phrase “sh*thole countries” while discussing an immigration deal in a private meeting in the Oval Office.

“At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union,” said Lewis, who sees the remark as a racist attack.

The civil rights icon, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. half a century ago, boldly twisted the president’s words to claim he was denigrating American citizens.

“I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans,” Lewis said. “I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.”

The word “honest” being an interesting choice for Lewis, who falsely claimed that tea party demonstrators in Washington in March 2010 to protest Obamacare “shouted” the N-word at him.



President Trump, responding in January to the news that Lewis would not attend his inauguration, may have gotten it right when he said Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”

As for boycotting the State of the Union, it appears that Lewis may have come up with an ingenious tactic to avoid attending burdensome political events when Republicans are at the helm.

Either way, one social media user appeared to sum things up well:

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