There's something remarkably tone deaf about comparing boycotting President Trump's address to Congress in his first ever State of the Union to some of the greatest struggles for rights we've seen in the last hundred years.
However, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, did just that.
In a released statement, Green likened his boycott of Trump's State of the Union address to the civil rights, women's suffrage, and the LGBTQ movements in addition to the Boston Tea Party.
"Tonight, I will do something that is as old as the Boston Tea Party, righteous as the Civil Rights movement, honorable as the Women's Suffrage movement, and as necessary as the LGBTQ rights movement," Green said. "All of these actions were done as matters of principle and conviction. Therefore, tonight, as a matter of principle and conviction, I will boycott the State of the Union to send a message of disapproval to an unfit president."
Skipping the State of the Union to take a principled stand against the Trump administration is not anything like the periods of human history where society was faced with stresses and strains in which people died fighting for equality and just causes. There is literally no consequence that Green faces that could put his life in peril by the hands of the state if he chooses to not attend the State of the Union. He's not even under threat of losing his job.
The Boston Tea Party, civil rights, women's suffrage, and LGBTQ movements resulted in thousands upon thousands of people being killed, beaten, or at least arrested simply for fighting for freedom and equality. It's actually pretty abhorrent that a sitting member of Congress would diminish the blood, sweat, and tears that millions of Americans sacrificed with a hollow virtue-signaling act that moves the needle on absolutely nothing.
Green isn't courageous. He's an attention-seeking self-aggrandizer who's trying to score cheap political points during an annual event that has lost its luster and become less consequential in recent years.
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.