(CNSNews.com) – The Biden White House announced Tuesday morning that 25 “guests” will join Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff in the first lady’s box at tonight’s State of the Union Address.
“Each of these individuals were invited by the White House because they personify issues or themes to be addressed by the President in his speech, or they embody the Biden-Harris Administration’s policies at work for the American people,” the White House said in its announcement.
If that is the case, this is shaping up to be another divisive speech from the “unity” president.
Here are just a few of the people on the guest list and the issues they represent, including “insurrection,” homosexual marriage, abortion, guns, AIDS, DREAMers, and police brutality.
The descriptions of the guests, in quotations, come straight from White House website:
— Gina and Heidi Nortonsmith (Northampton, Massachusetts):
“The Nortonsmiths’ advocacy work as plaintiffs in Goodridge vs. MA Dept. of Public Health led to their state becoming the first in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. They celebrated this victory by getting married on the first day that same-sex marriage licenses were issued in Massachusetts in 2004…”
— Paul Pelosi (San Francisco, California):
“Pelosi is a businessman, father, and husband of Speaker Emerita of the House Nancy Pelosi. Mr. Pelosi was violently attacked by an intruder in their California home in the fall of 2022. The attack reportedly was politically motivated, with the intruder’s alleged intent to harm and kidnap the former Speaker. According to court filings, the intruder confronted Mr. Pelosi, asking ‘Where’s Nancy?,’ a similar chant of those responsible for the January 6th Capitol insurrection.”
— Brandon Tsay (San Marino, California):
“Tsay demonstrated remarkable courage when he disarmed the shooter responsible for the mass shooting at the Monterey Park Lunar New Year celebrations, ensuring his violent rage would not take more lives at the nearby Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio, which is owned by the Tsay family. Tsay is credited with preventing the gunman, who had killed 11 people and injured 10 others, from carrying out a second attack in Alhambra.”
— RowVaughn and Rodney Wells (Memphis, Tennessee):
“RowVaughn and Rodney Wells are the mother and stepfather of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year old unarmed Black man who was severely beaten by multiple police officers during an alleged traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee. Nichols was hospitalized afterwards and died three days later as a result of his injuries. President Biden has made clear that we must take action to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again. In addition to signing an executive order last year, the President continues to call on Congress to send the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to his desk.”
— Amanda and Josh Zurawski (Austin, Texas):
“Amanda was 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke. She and her husband Josh were devastated, as they had been trying for a baby for over a year. Her doctors were unable to intervene to help her because they were concerned that providing the treatment she needed would violate the Texas abortion ban, which prohibits abortion care unless a woman’s life is in danger. She was sent home with instructions to come back if she developed signs of a life-threatening infection, which she did, three days later. Zurawski developed sepsis and nearly died because of the delay in receiving treatment. She continues to suffer from medical complications due to the delay.”
— Bono (Dublin, Ireland):
“The lead singer of U2, Bono is a groundbreaking activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Working in concert with other activists, he played a pivotal role building public and bipartisan political support for the creation of PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), a program announced by President Bush in his State of the Union twenty years ago, and championed by then-Senator Biden. PEPFAR is credited with revolutionizing the provision of life-saving HIV medications in poorer countries and saving 25 million lives worldwide. Bono is the cofounder of the nonpartisan ONE Campaign, which works with governments to fight poverty and preventable disease, and (RED), which has raised more than $700 million from businesses to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.”
Some of the other guests include cancer survivors and care-givers, an environmental (lead) activist, veterans’ advocates, a Holocaust survivor, a DREAMer, an apprentice teacher, a STEM student, the parent of a child who died from a fentanyl overdose, a union ironworker, a mental health advocate, and a few others.
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