Trump Campaign to Flash Donor Names During SOTU Broadcast

At least a dozen Dems are boycotting speech
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2018 5:26 AM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2018 6:33 AM CST
Trump Campaign to Flash Donor Names During SOTU Broadcast
Lights shine inside the US Capitol Building as night falls in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

President Trump's aides say his first State of the Union address will be "bipartisan and forward looking"—and with a donation of just $35, you can have your name flashed on a screen during a broadcast of it. The Washington Post reports that Trump's campaign website, which will be streaming the address live, offers the name display in return for a donation of up to $2,700. "It's not about just one of us. It’s about ALL of us. Which is why your name deserves to be displayed during Tuesday night's speech," the website states. Trump has also released the full list of his 15 guests, including a blind double-amputee Marine who re-enlisted.

The list of Democrats boycotting the speech, meanwhile, now includes at least a dozen lawmakers, all from the House, USA Today reports. Among them is Rep. Maxine Waters of California, a frequent Trump critic who says: "I don't trust him, I don't appreciate him, and I wouldn't waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say." CNN reports that an embarrassing typo slipped through during preparations for the address: Tickets issued to some spouses and guests of members of Congress invited them to the "State of the Uniom" address. The tickets were reprinted and redistributed, though not before Democratic Rep. Raul M. Grijalva tweeted a picture of his, joking that Betsy DeVos must have been in charge of spell-checking the tickets. (Read more State of the Union Address stories.)

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