Democrats to boycott General Assembly commemorative session if President Trump attends

Virginia Politics

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(WRIC) — Virginia Democrats and Republicans have responded to multiple reports that President Donald Trump will attend an event in Jamestown later this month.

The commemoration will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first legislative session in Virginia and the country.

Sources close to the situation have independently confirmed that President Trump is planning to attend the commemoration. However, no official announcement from the White House has been made on whether or not President Trump will attend the session.

Officials with American Evolution, which are involved with planning the event, said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump were both invited. Speaker Pelosi is unable to attend, but organizers have not heard official word from the President’s staff.

The Virginia Democrats announced Friday they will be boycotting the event if President Trump is in attendance.

“We offer just three words of advice to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation: ‘Send him back,’ ” the Democrats wrote in a statement.

READ: Senate Republicans response to General Assembly Democrats decision to boycott commemorative session.

Last year, Governor Northam and Republican leaders extended an invitation to President Trump to attend the commemorative session.

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. said the decision to boycott the session because President Trump is participating is ‘disappointing and embarrassing.’

“It is ironic that thousands of immigrants travel hundreds of miles, risking life and liberty, to come to America, but Virginia Democrats refuse to travel to Jamestown, the site of this nation’s birth,” Sen. Norment said.

The Republicans said in the statement that if President Trump attended the session in Jamestown it would be an honor.

Sharing the views of the leader holding an elected office is not a prerequisite for showing respect for the office, Sen. Norment added.

“I urge the leaders of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses to reconsider their decision to boycott the commemorative session,” Norment said. “And respectfully ask them to join their Republican colleagues in Jamestown on July 30.”

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