Back in the Obama era, Slog readers said the state of our union was everything from "damn lucky" to "drone-struck" and "meh."
Last year, when we crossed into the Trump era, you said the state of our union was "Wiemar Republic Part 2," "surreal," "exhausted," "incomprehensible," "covfefe," and much, much more.
Well, how about this year?
What say you all about the state of our union as President Trump prepares to give his second address to a joint session of Congress? (This one at first denied, and then delayed, by brand new Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because of Trump's border wall shutdown.)
Congressional Democrats, for their part, say the state of our union currently provides a perfect opportunity for some live-trolling of the president via special invited guests.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington and a chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is bringing a climate change scientist. Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota and a Somali refugee, is bringing a Liberian refugee who is threatened with deportation. And all will be wearing white... the color of the women’s suffrage movement — to spotlight issues like reproductive rights and equal pay. Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic leader, will be handing out white lapel ribbons to the men.
Further, according to The Washington Post:
Pelosi’s guests, announced by her office Tuesday afternoon, include two active-duty transgender Army officers — an implicit critique of Trump’s decision to implement a ban on transgender servicemembers — and survivors of last February’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, a protest of the Republican stance against stricter gun control.
Pelosi is also inviting the new president of Planned Parenthood, a former undocumented immigrant, and a DC chef who's been an advocate for immigrant rights.
And Trump's guests? "The family of a couple who were killed by an undocumented immigrant; a police officer and a synagogue member who survived a mass shooting in Pittsburgh; a woman who was granted clemency by President Trump; and a sixth grader who has been bullied because he shares the commander in chief’s last name..."
The address begins at 6 pm PST and will be broadcast over pretty much all mediums.
Then, tomorrow, we'll dissect Trump's speech—and the Democratic response from Stacey Abrams—on The Stranger's Blabbermouth podcast.