Rep. John Lewis Says Racism is in Trump's 'Makeup'

  • Rep. John Lewis Says Racism is in Trump's 'Makeup'

Rep. John Lewis Says Racism is in Trump's 'Makeup'

Vittert said on "Fox & Friends" that Georgia Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California announced they will join Oregon's Earl Blumenauer in skipping the traditional presidential address.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes", Waters was asked if she will attend the SOTU.

Lewis said that the comments were "incompatible" with Trump signing a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump's comments, made during a private meeting with lawmakers in reference to immigrants from Haiti and some African countries, have prompted backlash from lawmakers and world leaders.

Trump not only objected to immigrants from the so-called "shithole countries", according to the Washington Post, which originally reported the comments, but he also suggested the United States admit more immigrants from countries like Norway. Trump later claimed he didn't use those specific words, but Sen. "He lies to the American people". "Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values". "I'm not going to waste my time". "It must be in his DNA, in his makeup".

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) had announced January 5 - before Trump's racist remarks this week - that he would skip the State of the Union, saying in a statement that he did not feel it would be productive to listen to "another destructive and divisive speech by Trump".

"At this juncture I do not plan to attend the State of the Union", Lewis said.

Waters has been one of the most vocal opponents of President Trump's, and Friday evening was no exception.

"Donald Trump is an embarrassment and a national disgrace", she added.