Leading Democrats are urging their members to stay courteous during President Donald Trump's speech to Congress on Tuesday, The Hill reports.
"The only thing we have urged members to be is respectful," Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a press conference.
Hoyer added that California Rep. Maxine Waters will miss the event because she wasn't certain she could. No other members of Congress have announced similar plans.
"Maxine Waters, as you know is not going. She's announced she's not going ... because she believes people ought to be respectful to the president of the United States and she's not sure she could be, so she's not going to go."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., knocked the speech as "less important" than past presidential addresses, according to the Hill, because "this president has shown ... that there is a yawning gap between what he says and what his administration actually does for working Americans."
"As much as we have nothing in common with the president, we do respect the office of the presidency," Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said early Tuesday. "I respect the office of the presidency itself. And keeping that in mind, we'll be polite."
"By our lack of enthusiasm, by a lack of applause, but respectfully being there ... [we can] send that same message" that Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., sent in 2009 when he shouted "you lie" at then-President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress when he mentioned healthcare reform.
"Most of us respect the office enough to not be so rude as to shout or otherwise sort of demean the chamber," said Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, the House Democratic Caucus vice chairman. "But having said that, people do get passionate, and you know, their reactions may be passionate."
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