Most members of Congress will gather to hear President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. A very notable exception will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution,” the New York Democrat tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it. Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be thrilled.
A few minutes later, Ocasio-Cortez added a bit more explanation for her announcement, saying, “This is a deeply personal decision for each member to make, and a choice I did not take lightly. I will be hopping on Instagram Live later this evening to connect with my constituents and follow up with their questions.”