Trump’s SOTU Guests Represent Many Of His Favorite Talking Points

US President Donald Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / AFP) (Photo credi... US President Donald Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2018. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 5, 2019 7:53 a.m.
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The White House has announced President Donald Trump’s guest list for the State of the Union, and almost every invitee represents one of Trump’s favorite pet issues.

One group of attendees — including Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong and Madison Armstrong — is made up of those who lost a family member at the hands of an undocumented immigrant.

Another guest, Matthew Charles, was the first beneficiary of the prison reform act passed late last year. Alice Johnson, the former inmate freed after Kim Kardashian-West personally lobbied Trump, will also be in attendance.

Roy James was invited to highlight a rare piece of major legislation passed under Trump; the White House claims his factory reopened due to the Republican tax plan.

Elvin Hernandez specializes in transnational human trafficking, a favorite topic of Trump, who frequently (and without evidence) brings up stories of women bound and gagged at the border.

Joshua Trump may have been added as a nod to the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative, as the boy says he gets bullied in school for his name.

See a full guest list here.

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