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#MeToo: US Democratic politicians urge wearing black to Trump speech

#MeToo: US Democratic politicians urge wearing black to Trump speech

Some female lawmakers hope to make a statement at President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

Members of the Democratic Women's Working Group will wear black, and Speier's office expects many other lawmakers to follow suit.

Trump is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Union Speech on January 30 before a joint session of Congress, an opportunity for him to explain his priorities for the coming year. The decision came in response to a growing national conversation about sexual harassment and assault that began in the wake of allegations against Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The choice to wear black echoes the move of Hollywood celebrities donning black ensembles for Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, an outcry against sexual harassment in the movie industry and across the nation.

USA lawmakers have been grappling with the issue.

A record 89 women are now serving in the 435-member House of Representatives.

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The lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, told NBC Democrats would be "no better" than Republicans if they made a decision to "retaliate" at the State of the Union address.

Last month, almost 60 female Democratic lawmakers demanded that Congress investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and John Conyers, D-Mich., all resigned their seats amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with women. Frankel is a leader of the Democratic Women's Working Group in the House.

Last year Speier acknowledged that she was a victim of sexual assault on Capitol Hill when she was a young congressional aide.

So far, Speier says, support for the attire is high. "We are at a watershed moment in the nationwide fight against sexual harassment and discrimination, and we must continue to keep up the drumbeat of action for real change".

"We are supporting the courageous women in every industry and every corner of the country who are making their voices heard", said Pelosi in a statement.