WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest on the president’s State of the Union speech (all times local):
Two prominent House Democratic freshmen are boycotting President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech over his conduct.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who are both front and center as members of “the Squad,â€ said hours before the address Tuesday that they’re skipping it.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she would â€œnot use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trumpâ€™s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.â€
Pressley, meanwhile, said she’s boycotting because Trump â€œconsistently demonstrates contempt for the American people, contempt for Congress & contempt for our constitution.â€
Other â€œSquad” members – Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – were expected to attend the joint session of Congress.
The four freshmen are all congresswomen of color, and they voted to impeach Trump. They have been labeled â€œThe Squadâ€ in part for their criticism of Trump, and the president frequently rails against them.