Both male and female lawmakers have been invited by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and other female House members to wear black at Trump’s State of the Union address in solidarity with the ongoing “Me Too” movement.
“This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it,” Speier said.
The move comes on the heels of a decidedly female-empowered Golden Globes, in which nearly all in attendance wore black in support of what was billed as the “Times Up” campaign to end sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault in the entertainment industry.
Last month, nearly 60 Democratic female lawmakers demanded an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against the President.
Trump, for his part, has been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by 19 women. He has neither confessed to these crimes nor taken any degree of responsibility for them. Even in the face of damning evidence – such as the Access Hollywood tapes – the President has refused to address the issue.
He even went so far as to suggest to a sitting Senator, as well as an adviser, that his incriminating Access Hollywood tape – in which he admitted to sexual assault – is inauthentic.
Trump himself confirmed the infamous tape’s legitimacy on October 12, 2016, a fact that seemed to escape the President as he issued perhaps his most easily debunked denial.
“This was locker-room talk,” Trump said during a debate with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. “Certainly I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family, I apologize to the American people.”
The fact that Trump continues to deny any wrongdoing has prompted a reaction that, conversely, will be extremely difficult to overlook.