One of Ohio’s most impactful Tea Party organizations has penned an open letter welcoming President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union Address in the Buckeye State.
The We The People Convention published the open letter on Tuesday. In it, the group stated:
It appears that the Speaker of the House of Representatives and her fellow Democrats in the House have little interest in hearing from you on January 29, 2019 concerning the State of our Union….Therefore I am writing to invite you to come to Ohio next Tuesday evening to address the people of Ohio in person, and of the people of the United States via national television, to inform us about the state of our beloved nation at this point in your first term as president.
On January 16, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demanded President Trump reschedule his State of the Union Address or submit one in writing. She alleged that, due to the ongoing government shutdown, the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security lacked the resources to guarantee the security of the event.
Immediately following the release of Pelosi’s letter, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen tweeted out that the department was “fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.” The president’s Secret Service detail has not publicly indicated that it is unable to secure the event. While the Secret Service protects the president, the vice president, their respective families, and key individuals, the Capitol Police ensures the safety of Congressmen and Senators.
Although the assertions of the DHS secretary have called into question the motives of Pelosi’s letter, much of the media have supported her stance. In spite of this, Trump has made it explicitly clear that he intends to move forward with the address.
The letter, penned by We The People Convention President Thomas R. Zawistowski, assures the president that, despite what may happen in D.C. or with his political opponents, there are a great number of Americans who wish to hear him speak.
The group has held an annual convention since 2011. Since then, Tea Party luminaries like Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, John Fund of The Wall Street Journal, and Congressman Jim Jordan have all been featured speakers. Commentator Dick Morris and former presidential candidate Herman Cain also spoke at fundraiser dinners hosted by the convention.
The organization concluded its letter by promising the president that he would receive a “very warm” welcome, no matter the temperature.
“We look forward to your response and to hearing your State of the Union address from whatever location you choose to present it,” Zawistowski said.
As of now, the address is scheduled for January 29.
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Andrew Shirley is a reporter at Battleground State News and The Ohio Star. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.