Trump's State of the Union address to face protest from female lawmakers


Some female lawmakers hope to make a statement at President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

Trump is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Union Speech on January 30 before a joint session of Congress, an opportunity for him to explain his priorities for the coming year.

In that spirit, just as many in Hollywood donned black in solidarity with the #TimesUp initiative at the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday; the trend is catching fire with women on Capitol Hill.

Members of the Democratic Women's Working Group will wear black, and Speier's office expects many other lawmakers to follow suit. In December, three women reasserted their allegations in a bid to renew pressure on the White House.

President Trump has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by more than a dozen women, with some charges dating back decades.

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"Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests", an aide to Representative Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) told NBC News. One lawmaker who spoke to NBC said Democrats would be "no better" than Republicans if they retaliated in kind at the State of the Union.

Capitol Hill also was inundated late a year ago with allegations of sexual harassment by lawmakers and senior aides, prompting a debate over how best to hold offenders accountable. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and John Conyers, D-Mich., all resigned their seats amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with women.

A number of Democrats told NBC that they were not aware of any discussion of inviting victims of Trump's alleged harassment to the address, but said that invitations would be extended to other survivors.

The wave of allegations of sexual misconduct have already resulted in resignations from members of Congress, and have sparked debates about the unique rules that Congress has established for itself when it comes to sexual harassment or assault charges.