Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has announced that she would skip President Donald Trump`s State of the Union address, in protest against his policies and rhetoric against immigrants. Ms. Jayapal, 52, joins more than half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, including the legendary Congressman John Lewis, who will give a miss to the January 30 event. Other lawmakers who have announced to boycott the event include Frederica Wilson, Maxine Waters, and Earl Blumenauer. Pramila said she would not be attending the State of the Union this year. She would other distinguished members, including Rep. John Lewis, in refusing to dignify a President who has used the platform of the Oval Office to fan the flames of racism, sexism and hatred-most recently with his vulgar condemnation of Haiti and other African countries. Ms. Jayapal said she disagrees with Mr. Trump`s approach which is “narrow and self-serving”. She added that this president has consistently indicated that he has no interest in leading a unified country. He has gone out of his way to play to a small and shrinking base of voters by using language that diminishes and demeans vast swaths of people in our own country and around the world.