Meet the SOTU Guests Intended to Troll Trump

Congressional Democrats are using their guest lists for the State of the Union address on Tuesday to score political points against President Trump on immigration, the government shutdown and more.

While Trump has said he plans to deliver a message of unity on Tuesday night and find common ground with Democratic lawmakers, many on the other side of the aisle aren’t buying his plea for bipartisanship. With Democrats fuming over Trump’s push for a border wall amid a still-unresolved funding standoff, those guest lists signal the president could face a tough crowd.

In the latest example, 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.

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.