Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference about President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats Continue To Play Politics Before Trump Addresses Congress

On February 28th, President Donald Trump will address his first joint session of Congress. When he does, guests who are invited strictly to make him feel uncomfortable will greet the President.

According to, House Democrats are rallying behind a plan that would include inviting guests that they say will suffer under Trump administration policies.

In a letter circulating on Capitol Hill, liberals are urging Democrats to invite guests who have made “a positive impact” on the community “despite discrimination or marginalization.”

“Instead of celebrating the very diversity that makes our country a beacon of inclusion and equality, he has chosen to vilify, bully and alienate women, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of differing faiths,” the Democrats wrote.

I agree that during the campaign, then candidate Trump’s words and temperament were often repulsive. It is no secret that here at, our writers often spoke out about this. However, the campaign is over. Therefore, I would like to ask those on the left a serious question. Since taking the oath of office just under two weeks ago, what executive orders have President Trump signed that alienates women, people of color, people with disabilities, or people with different faiths?

The only executive order that could have been rolled out with more clarity was immigration. The administration could have done a better job consulting with various cabinet agencies and Congress. If the order applied to green card holders or permanent residents of the United States, those actions should have been denounced.

Many nations in the middle east continue to be war-torn. I understand why the majority of immigrates would love to come to America. Personally, I am for more legal immigration. After all, America remains, “a shining city on a hill.” My issue with these Democrats is not immigration itself, but about posturing. I do not remember hearing Democrat members of Congress criticize President Obama when he signed into law the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel and Prevention Act in 2015. That legislation restricted access for visitors to the Visa Waiver Program from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. Where were the Democrats’ invited guests during President Obama’s State of the Union address?

Instead of building a straw man argument, maybe Democrats should take the advice of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), “everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”

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