Dems plan to troll Trump during his speech to Congress
President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night and many are wondering how Democrats are going to respond.
Recall that several Democrats boycotted the president's inauguration. That won't happen on Tuesday, but the Dems are still plotting (no doubt with the cooperation of the media) to try and embarrass the president.
Many of the same Democrats who boycotted Trump’s inauguration are choosing not to skip his first address to Congress as president, instead opting to bring guests directly affected by the administration’s controversial policies on immigration and refugees and Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare.
“It’s my hope that gallery is going to look like America,” said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who is leading an effort to have his colleagues bring diverse guests Tuesday and will be joined by Rhode Island Dr. Ehsun Mirza, a Muslim-American born in Pakistan. “It’s another reminder to the president that he’s not the arbiter of patriotism.”
The effort is designed to put a human face on Trump’s immigration and refugee policies — and perhaps steal a bit of the spotlight from the president's big speech. Though it's unlikely to resonate much beyond Tuesday night, members said doing something is better than nothing.
Langevin started urging fellow Democrats to invite guests affected by Trump’s policies when the administration unexpectedly rolled out a travel ban for seven Muslim countries. Trump has since said he'll issue a similar executive order that can withstand legal challenges soon.
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) invited Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi interpreter who worked with the U.S. army for a decade overseas and was detained before the travel ban was struck down by federal courts.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) will be accompanied by Banah Alhanfy, a young Iraqi woman who was temporarily separated from her family, including her Iraqi-interpreter father, because of the executive order.
It's unclear whether Trump's revised executive order would allow people and their families who worked for the US in Iraq to travel to the US. It's also unclear who will be adversely affected when the GOP gets around to amending Obamacare.
That makes this effort to try and embarrass Trump laughable. How can they give a "human face" to Trump policies that aren't even known yet? But this is perfectly in keeping with the Democratic strategy to try and scare people about Trump even though he hasn't done anything yet.
Will Democrats behave themselves and refrain from catcalls and booing? If they can't resist the impulse to act like children, it won't go over well with the very people who cost them the election last November.