MEMBERS of “The Squad” and other Democrats tried to drown out President Trump during his State of the Union Address last night as they angrily protested in favor of a bill that would lower prescription drug costs.
Reps. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, led the protests which included lawmakers holding up three fingers and chanting “H.R.3.”
The loud chant came after Trump called for bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices.
He said he’d been speaking to members of Congress “in order to get something on drug pricing done, and done quickly and properly.”
“Get a bill on my desk and I will sign it into law immediately,” Trump told the chamber, to a mix of claps and boos.
While Republicans stood up, smiled and clapped, Democrats — many women dressed in white, in solidarity with the women’s suffrage movement — held up their fingers and chanted “H.R.3.”
“H.R.3,” or House Resolution 3 is a bill that would allow the government to negotiate lower prescription costs for those covered by Medicare.
It was named the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, after the late congressman who shockingly died in October.
The bill passed the House of Representatives with a 230-192 vote in December — but was declared “dead on arrival” in the Senate.
And the White House, per The Washington Post, has said Trump would veto the bill if it landed on his desk.
Members of the so-called “Squad” seemingly led the chant — excluding Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts.
The four freshman congresswomen are all people of color and voted to impeach Trump.
They’ve been labeled “The Squad” partly because of their criticism for the president, who often rails against them.
The seats of both Omar and Tlaib — who were wearing traditional Somali and Palestinian outfits during the event — were empty before the State of the Union ended last night.
Tlaib tweeted she walked out of Trump’s speech early because of his “lies.”
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“The lies, the bigotry, and the shameless bragging about taking away food stamps that people depend on to live—it was all beneath the dignity of the office he occupies. Shame on this forever impeached president.”
Omar didn’t explain if or why she left early, but tweeted after the address: “Funny to see these Republicans claim we are irrelevant, yet pay such close attention to us while attending the #SOTU.”
Both Omar and Tlaib separately came under fire for not standing when Trump introduced Charles McGee, a 100-year-old former Tuskegee Airman, the first African American unit to fly combat airplanes in World War II.
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