Senior House Dem Won’t Shake Trump’s Hand Tonight

The Hill reports:

A senior House Democrat well known for securing a prime center aisle seat to shake the president’s hand at joint sessions of Congress announced Tuesday he won’t follow the tradition for President Trump.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a House floor speech early Tuesday afternoon that he won’t be making the bipartisan gesture when Trump walks down the center aisle toward the dais to deliver his speech.

It’ll be the first time in Engel’s 29 years serving in the House that he won’t stake out a coveted center aisle seat. But Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said his objections to Trump aren’t just about partisan objections.

“Unfortunately, since January 20th, the new administration has shown no interest in working with the Congress on both sides to tackle problems, including Russia’s unlawful interference in last year’s election.

  • PickyPecker

    ALL the Dem’s need to get up and walk out of the chamber mid-speech.

    • Todd20036

      I LIKE THAT! Especially when this regime isn’t even close to acting legitimate or in the best interests of pretty much anyone.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      Or shout “Liar!” in unison every ten seconds.

      • The_Wretched

        A great big ‘mic check’ plus LIAR or SHAME would be perfect. And then do the media interviews afterward by saying how disgusted they are with trump and the republican’s policy choices, EOs, and repeals. Divvy them up so each interviewee has a piece of the substance to get reported.

      • Joe in PA

        But what about the other times he’s lying?

      • Thorn Spike

        A “Go fu*k yourself!” or two would also be nice.

    • Highmoremotel

      I’m hoping (in vein) for a grander protest. Wait for the first lie and start chanting “LIAR” “LIAR” and don’t stop. Shut the circus down!

      Don’t leave. Be removed.

    • kaydenpat

      Or not attend at all.

    • Chucktech

      Wanna bet they don’t do shit, other than just sit there and take it like the bitches they are?

    • safari

      Or just do that Klingon think where they slap their arms to their shoulders and turn around.

  • Todd20036

    A little late, but hey, maybe the democrats will finally show some balls.

  • i wouldn’t either. i’d be afraid he’d try to grab my junk. it’s a nice gesture. i approve.

  • bkmn

    Who knows what he could catch by touching Hair Furor?

    • well, and then there’s that. ick.

    • Robert Adams

      For sure! Delusional Disorder seems to have infected most, if not all, of the GOP. It’s getting passed somehow by who knows what contagion vector.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      I’d be worried about the mange, for a start.

    • Rex

      If anyone has cooties, it’s trump.

    • another_steve

      Coke dust on his fingers?

    • David Walker

      Cooties!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!

  • dcurlee

    Hell if I met Trump I would spit on him

    • Judas Peckerwood

      For shame — a waste of perfectly good saliva!

      • safari

        You don’t realize how important it is until you run low on it.

        • edrex

          and we’ve all been there.

  • The_Wretched

    That’s +1 for the good but irrelevant pile. It’s entirely too subtle.

    • PickyPecker

      Almost as effective as Pelosi bringing people who have been (or are being_ hurt) by policies. dRUMPf and his ilk ain’t gonna care. Totally a tactic from a bygone era in politics.

      • Jerry Kott

        They should turn their back or shout shit. Set him off, he has no filters.

      • The_Wretched

        It’s small ball. They are standing next to an incandescent ball of over-the-top performance. A little foot shuffling isn’t enough.

    • Chucktech

      That’s, apparently, the best we can muster.

  • kaydenpat

    How about skipping the SOTU altogether? That would make more sense than just not shaking his hand.

    • another_steve

      That, or as soon as the sexual predator launches into his hate tirade, all the Democrats walk out of the chamber, en masse.

    • Craig Howell

      Out: SOTU

      In: STFU.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Good for him. After all, who knows what kind of disease or bad karma you might catch from shaking the hand of such an asshole? It’s self preservation. No question about it. Live long and prosper Rep. Engel.

  • Lazycrockett

    Rep. Maxine Waters much like myself have decided not to attended Drumpf’s speech tonight!

    • another_steve

      Man and I will be watching it purely for the potential booing on the part of the assembled Dems or something even more dramatic.

      • Lazycrockett

        I never watch these State of the Union or Talking to congress things cause its just a waste of time with all the stupid applause going on. The analysis sure, but not the actual speech.

        • gosh, i couldn’t agree with you more!

        • Craig Howell

          That’s always been my practice, regardless of who’s President.

      • Chucktech

        Prepare to be disappointed.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, the hubby and I have stuff to watch and do.
      And none of them will involve the SOTU address.

    • Chucktech

      She should attend and then walk the fuck out!

    • Trump post address: the crowd was huuugggeee! Biggest ever! The line to get in was 6 blocks at least. I’m tell’ ya. Believe me. They loved me! Believe me!

      • TampaDink

        “All 300 senators & 3814 representatives were there & each one of them told me how much they loved my speech & how they admire the job I’ve done so far.”

        • The_Wretched

          Obama only had a third as many Senators and Representatives! Sad!

          • TampaDink

            He also has only had one wife! SAD!

        • bzrd

          and that Hillary lost bigly and her emails tell all and ben gazi should have come to see her, uuuuge loser and the media will not show any clapping and………….

          • TampaDink

            “The lying, crooked media only reports fake news & bad things which are completely untrue, believe me!
            And when they broadcast my speech they will be twisting my words…and I have the best words!”

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  • AtticusP

    Which of the Republicans have they tapped to lead the Trump contingent in the singing of the Russian national anthem?

    • now that would be awesome. where’s the GMC? come oooon, guys. this one is begging for it. go do an impromptu dissent performance singing a bunch of russian stuff while he babbles. hee. that would be Beautiful.

      • AtticusP

        Wouldn’t it be sweet if all of the Democratic senators and congress critters waved those Russian flags with “Trump” emblazoned on them, like the ones that they handed out at CPAC?

        • i’m thinking Nancy in a bubushka doll outfit, and let’s see, Ellison as Sinbad. Kamala can do Xena.

  • Hank

    I do not believe in having ANY contact with “people” who are “out to get me”!!!…. White Supremacists, Nazis, Fascists, KKK…. I will NOT listen to what Hair Drumpf has to say!

    • KarenAtFOH

      I will not be tuning in tonight either.

  • Ninja0980

    Good for him.

  • Mark

    only the rats will follow the orange piper…..

  • Ray Page

    My suggestion to Engel: Bring an extra shoe, one that can be thrown in a perfect spiral. And practice throwing that shoe. This may be your last chance before nukes break over the horizon.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Unfortunately, Drumpf won’t notice or even knows about this man. He doesn’t know the history or cares to know anything about the job he was elected to do. This will be his downfall.

    • Chucktech

      Hell, he doesn’t even know that, as Commander in Chief, the buck of Ryan Owens’s death stops with him. ASS. HOLE.

    • Tor

      Or he’ll have a Tweet-tantrum if he feels slighted an any way.

  • Max_1
    • well, there you go.

      nice job, artist! i think it says “greenberg” at the bottom; i’m not familiar with your work. but obviously you have talent. and understanding.

    • The_Wretched

      The capture of their essence is perfect. I especially like the affect of the turtle.

    • safari

      Fake news. I can see all their hands except the Senate’s.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Dear Senator McConnell: Steve Bannon would like a little something up the butt. Come prepared.

        • Max_1

          Mitch gives the best reacharound…

  • Boreal

    Shake his hand? Dems should boycott this.

    • PickyPecker

      They’ll sit there and play along, like the rest, that ‘everything is normal.’ When indeed it is not.

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  • Bomer

    I hope to hell they plan to do more than just not shaking is hand.

  • OK, I am going to be counter here. A speech like this — Trump’s address to the nation — is basically the same as a State of the Union address for a first term. I would not do anything rude, would not jeer the President, would not officially “boycott”, would not yell out “you lie!” like that South Carolina Republican did to President Obama once — Democrats do not have to applaud what they do not want to, and they do not have to shake hands with President Trump, but any overt demonstrations of disrespect for the office of the Presidency can only work against us. If a Democrat does not want to show up for the speech, fine, but I would recommend against it — just show up and sit quietly with limited applause , and respect the office of the Presidency.

    • safari

      I agree. I want to see the dems move with some action, but there is not the venue.

    • Reality.Bites

      This is why democracies should not have presidents.

      The idea that the government leader is deserving of undue respect is foreign to people living in parliamentary democracies.

    • Rex

      Could they at least wave a Russian flag with Trump’s name on it?

    • i was just arguing that the easiest thing in the world would be to do some serious Drag Queen alt-clapping. oh, Honey! that could get fun.

      if i were an elected official or person in the crowd i would take as my guest at least one Fabulous Person. and yes, there would be some Shade.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      Why? 45 has crapped all over the dignity of the office. Why should ANYONE stand by idly and not call that shit out for what it is. I have no doubt 45 will tell a lie (its pathological) and every responsible adult in the room should point that out. I’ve watched Dems my whole life take the high road and not fight the way the GOP fights, and frankly, I’m tired of “playing nice”.

    • Paula Key

      I agree. What comes to mind is Michelle Obama’s lines, “When they go low, we go higher.” There is no dignity or grace to Trump – people are seeing it -example when he left his wife to greet Barack and Michelle; a second note of lack of grace – Kelly Ann – sitting on the coach in the oval office.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    All Democrats should SCREAM a chant in unison: YOU LIE, YOU LIE, YOU LIE!!!! And do that throughout his whole damn speech.

    • now, that’s what i want to do. but, trying to be not ego-centric and thinking about things strategically, the Best thing to do would be (don’t hate me) to go, and to stand up in unison and turn their backs for the whole thing. the press corpse would go Apeshit. it would be hilarious. hell, it only takes five or six to do that, and they would still have a meltdown. people would be talking about it for… months.

      i like screaming. meh, the Senate chamber. not my favorite place for that. 🙂

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        For months? That would be one for America’s history books!

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        You’re right. It would only legitimize what Joe Wilson did to Obama back in the day. We don’t need that.

  • picalane

    My what big Balls you have Mr. Engel! Way to show em…feel safer already.

  • Talisman

    I would like more than a token resistance to the dumpster and his garbage party.

    Of course, it’s a pipe dream – the democrats just roll over and cry “bipartisan! work together!” while the garbage rolls over them.

  • TampaDink

    Smart move, lest he suffer a dislocated shoulder if he allowed himself to become a victim of Hair Furor’s signature arm jerking shake.

    • JWC

      all the nlittle slights and insult will derail Trump faster than anything he can’t tolerate not being like Oh the big rallys’s he can rationalize around those “Paid protetsters Fake News” It’s the little things that get to him

      • The_Wretched

        then they need to plan to have many of them

        • JWC

          Constantly torment him He is a big showman but he can’t handle the little stuff

      • TampaDink

        Those slights & insults are the best way to get under his paper thin skin.

        • JWC

          definetlly Trumps personality sort of runs along these lines “he knows he is not popular , altho he may not understand why. So he will dislike you first . that wayhe can understand and anything beyond that doesn’t matter
          It’s the “little Hand little penis’ shit that gets him the personal slaps

          • TampaDink

            Further emphasizing how ill equipped he is to perform his duties. I wonder how long it will take for serious investigations to take place.

          • JWC

            there is the mental aspect (breakdown) the physical (whats to the syphilius angle) impeachment or…

          • TampaDink

            If he keeps talking smack about the intelligence community & the military it would be unsurprising if they take impeachment off the table.

          • JWC

            one way or another his time is coming

          • TampaDink

            Feet first or head first….either way is fine.

          • JWC

            he is yours its your choice

          • TampaDink

            ;-}

  • Sean Taylor

    wait until he starts to speak and yell “YOU LIE!” see what kind of reception that gets.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      I hope the fuck EVERY democrat in the chamber shouts that EACH and EVERY fucking time “president” Trump tells a lie. Seriously, that would energize the Democrat base beyond anything I think.

  • coram nobis

    At least someone no longer wants to reach across the aisle. Dems need to learn is that if you extend a hand to those people you’ll lose it at the wrist.

  • JT

    Senior House Dem Won’t Shake Trump’s Hand Tonight

    Spit on it instead.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    You go, boy!

  • Gianni

    I don’t blame him. If I shook Trump’s hand, I’d have to wash it right away, just like after wiping my ass. Same feeling.