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Democratic leaders plan to bring sexual assault survivors to Trump’s State of Union address

Following the second annual Women’s March on January 21st, liberal women policy-makers have another protest to attend later in the month: Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

An unidentified aide to Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., tells NBC that some Democratic House members will allegedly be bringing sexual assault survivors and advocates as their guests. According to the report, nobody will be bringing any of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct though.

“That was killed,” a Democratic congresswoman told NBC of that idea.

When asked directly in an interview with Elle magazine if the Democratic lawmakers were bringing those who accused Trump of sexual misconduct, Frankel said she hadn’t heard of anyone doing that.  Recall that during election season in 2016, Donald Trump organized a news conference—just prior to a debate with Hillary Clinton—with women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.

But the Democratic leaders don’t want their guest’s presence to be all about Trump.

On Thursday, Rep. Frankel tweeted confirmation that some Democratic women leaders will be wearing black to specifically honor the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. “We’re wearing black at #SOTU to say #timesup,” she tweeted. “We stand with working people across this country who are demanding that men and women be able to work side-by-side, in dignity, in safety, and free of harassment.”

She went on to explain more of what the Democratic women want to communicate at the address.

“I think each one of us wants to communicate the message of the Democrats, which is really about a better deal—a better deal for the American public, a better deal in terms of pay, in terms of respect at work, a better deal in terms of support for our families,” Frankel said.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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