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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Baffled by Pelosi Seeking to Cancel President's State of the Union Address

January 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “suggested” to President Trump that America’s annual State of the Union Address either be cancelled and replaced by submission of written remarks or postponed until after Washington has resolved the current border security funding dispute. Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) responded to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political stunt and use of the President’s State of the Union Address as both a political bargaining chip and to muffle the President during the southern border crisis and government shutdown.

Click HERE for Speaker Pelosi’s letter to President Trump requesting the January 29th State of the Union Address be canceled and substituted with written remarks or rescheduled until after the current border security funding dispute is resolved.

Congressman Brooks said, “House Speaker Pelosi’s letter is a childish, partisan, political stunt that undermines bipartisanship at a time America needs it the most. It is the height of hutzpah for Speaker Pelosi to feign concern for the President’s personal security during the State of the Union Address while callously showing no concern for the thousands of Americans who dies each year because of illegal aliens and America’s porous southern border. Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is nothing more than a radical, hyper-partisan and shameless attempt to appease the Democrat Party’s Socialist base and childishly embarrass the President of the United States.”

Brooks continued, “However unpleasant it may have been for conservative Republicans to listen to President Obama’s radical Socialist ideology, not once in six years did Republican leadership consider cancelling President Obama’s State of the Union Address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her radical Socialist base should show the same courtesy and maturity by treating President Trump the same way. It is one thing for Democrats and Republicans to vigorously disagree and advance conflicting beliefs. It is quite another to engage in hyper-partisan political stunts that may be the first in American history. Speaker Pelosi’s hyper-partisan political stunt confirms that Democrats who claimed bipartisanship during elections were simply mouthing the words in order to deceive the voting public and win election. In a word, Speaker Pelosi’s letter is ‘shameless.’”

Brooks concluded, “In a blow to Speaker Pelosi, a senior Department of Homeland Security official refuted Pelosi’s deceptive claim that security concerns justify her request to postpone or cancel the State of the Union Address. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats not only never contacted Homeland Security or the Secret Service about this security red herring issue, both security agencies confirm they have been preparing for months and are ‘ready’ to secure the event.”[1]

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[1] https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-urges-trump-to-delay-state-of-the-union-until-partial-shutdown-ends