Dem Rep Frederica Wilson on Boycotting SOTU: Trump Is ‘Hateful Towards Black People’

Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said she was boycotting President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address because Trump was “so hateful towards black people.”

Wilson said, “I’m not going because to go would be to honor the president, and I don’t think he deserves to be honored at this time, after being so hateful towards black people and then black countries, Haiti and the whole continent of Africa, It hurts. It hurts, and he has brought the White House to the lowest, and I don’t think he needs to be honored with my presence.”

She added, “It hurts. It hurts me. My father was a civil rights icon, and I cannot find it in my heart to sit through this. Africa is my ancestral home, and I feel a real closeness to Haiti where thousands of my constituents emanated from. So I would rather skip this than listen to the rhetoric coming from a White House that has done away with decency. I will be watching the State of the Union with my local constituents, with my local Muslims and DREAMers and local Mexicans and local Haitians and victims of sexual abuse and local Gold Star families and local Africans who are Nigerians and South Africans. So we will be watching the State of the Union, but I will not enter the chamber.”

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