Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Trump’s First State of the Union Address

January 31, 2018
Press Release

Portland, Ore. – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), who boycotted tonight’s State of the Union address, released the following statement.

“Another performance by the reality TV star president doesn’t matter,” said Blumenauer. “His destructive actions and divisive rhetoric over the last year, and their impacts on Americans—that’s what matters.”

Blumenauer was the first member of Congress to announce that he would not attend tonight’s address. Instead he is in Oregon, where he hosted a “Citizens’ State of the Union” to hear directly from his constituents about their thoughts on the state of the union. Blumenauer sent Oregon DREAMer Aldo Solano, Advocacy Director for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, to attend the State of the Union in his place.

“I can think of no one better to be there in my place than Aldo Solano. While I’m in Oregon with my constituents, Aldo is speaking for me, Oregonians, and the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers whose lives are at stake. If you need any more proof of how flawed Trump’s policies are, you should listen to Aldo’s powerful message,” said Blumenauer.

“Throughout the last couple of years, I’ve had the honor to work in community, with community, for community in the areas of education, youth empowerment, and health care access,” said Solano “Without DACA, none of this would have been possible. DACA has allowed me to serve my community in ways that bring about real, meaningful change. But I am not done. I want to do more. Let me do more!