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Democratic Women to Wear Black at Trump’s State of the Union Address

The sartorial protest against sexual assault echoes the Golden Globes' blackout 


President Donald “Grab ’em by the pussy” Trump will be deliver his very first State of the Union address on January 30, and like the recent blackout at the Golden Globes earlier this week, in which activists and women in Hollywood sported black to protest sexual harassment and inequality, NBC has reported that Democratic women in Congress will make a similar show of solidarity.

“This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif) told the news outlet, adding that both men and women of the Democratic and Republican parties were invited to join in on the sartorial protest. 

The movement will be particularly relevant given that Trump himself has been accused of sexual misconduct by almost 20 women since the ’80s, allegations he’s continuously denied or chalked up to political conspiracies and media bias. This is the second show of solidarity among women in Congress—back in February, during another congressional address, Democratic women wore white in support of women’s rights.

It will be interesting to see which—if any—GOP leaders will knowingly display support for the movement, especially the very few Republican men who called on accused pedophile Roy Moore to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, like Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Mitt Romney. Let’s hope that if any men from either party do indeed sport black, they can actually articulate what the shade represents.

It’ll also be interesting to see if Trump’s daughter and righthand woman Ivanka will wear black, given that she hilariously tweeted in support of Hollywood’s #TimesUp initiative following the awards ceremony on Sunday night. (The irony is too much.)

Now, what are the odds Melania will pull another clever stunt—er, what we wish was a clever stunt—like the famous pussy-bow blouse she sported at a presidential debate? Slim to none, but we can dream.

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