Progressives, Trump Critics Plan Additional Responses to State of the Union

Mark Ruffalo Alyssa Milano and Michael Moore are among the more than a dozen celebrities who are uniting to upstage Trump's first State of the Union Address

He some kind of infrastructure deal, which polls well and could have a decent chance of attracting some bipartisan support.

Trump's aides and allies now point to North Korea's recent decision to engage in talks with South Korea and participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics as evidence that the President's "strategic rhetoric" is effective. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGOP debates releasing controversial memo 11 people who will shape the immigration debate Lobbying world MORE. Twitter is also expected to stream the State of the Union.

The Democrats chose Representative Joe Kennedy III of MA to deliver their response to Trump's State of the Union Address. The State of the Union invite game may be a stunt, in other words, but this year it is a stunt that carries a deep political message. In the pecking order of public presidential events, the State of the Union remains perhaps the most powerful platforms, usually attracting between 30 million and 50 million television viewers, including a broad cross-section of Americans who do not follow day-to-day politics. Although he delivered a similar speech in the House of Representatives last February, this is technically his first State of the Union speech.

CBS News will have live coverage starting at from 5:00 p.m. ET.

Science advocate Bill Nye also will attend as a guest of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., nominated by Trump to head NASA, according to The Washington Post.

MA congressman Joe Kennedy III, the grandnephew of president John F Kennedy and grandson of attorney general Bobby Kennedy, has been chosen to deliver the Democratic response to the speech straight after Trump's address.




Trump's tumultuous first year in office was marked by controversy, leading several Democratic lawmakers to announce that they plan to boycott the speech altogether.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) will deliver a response speech on BET and former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) will give a speech on behalf of the Working Families Party.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will also not be in attendance. Drew Ferguson (R-GA), as he said back home in his district, the tax cut plan is already helping spur new investment and job creation.

Who is the designated survivor?

The official said while Trump's 2017 speech was "optimistic", Tuesday's address will look to be more "unifying". This member of the cabinet will be sequestered in an undisclosed location in order to preserve the line of succession to presidency in the event of a catastrophic attack.

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