Dana Milbank, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, criticized Democratic Party politicians for “taking the bait” during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech and not clapping or standing up for parts of the speech. He acknowledged his anti-Trump bias, but laid into the Democratic Party for being content with a national television audience seeing “their childish protests.”
Milbank was critical of the Democratic Party’s lack of vision in their protest of the speech based on the sashes and pins that the politicians wore:
But the Democrats, with their childish protests, took the bait. Symbolic dissent is fine, but this was a cacophony of causes: black clothing (for #MeToo), kente ties and sashes (because of Trump’s Africa insult), butterfly stickers (for the “dreamers”), red buttons (for a victim of racial crime) and the more bipartisan purple ribbons (for the opioid epidemic).
Worse, dozens of Democrats refused to stand when the president entered the House chamber, forgetting that one stands out of respect for the office, not the officeholder. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D.-Miss.) grabbed a middle-aisle seat only to turn his back on the president when he walked past. Democrats groaned, scoffed, heckled and made lemon-biting faces. Others simply boycotted. In short, they did the same sort of things they (and I) denounced Republican lawmakers for when they did them to President Barack Obama.