President Donald Trump is expected to give his long-awaited State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and he has invited a slew of guests, whom the White House says represents “the very best of America.”
The guests are expected to help him bring home the themes in his speech, which the White House promised would be unifying, but will more than likely stoke tensions around immigration legislation.
Among the group of thirteen guests are the Tree of Life massacre survivors, family members of victims who were killed by an undocumented immigrant, a prisoner advocate, an opioid survivor, and a child who was bullied because his last name is Trump.
Here are some of Trump’s guests:
President Trump granted Johnson clemency on June 6, 2018. Johnson had been serving a mandatory life sentence, without a chance of parole for charges related to a nonviolent drug case. Johnson had been in prison since 1996 for her conviction.
Judah Samet and Timothy Matson
Samet, a Holocaust survivor, is a worshipper of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. and survived the horrific Oct. 2018 shooting that killed 11 members of his community.
Matson, a key member of the Pittsburgh Police SWAT team who was responding to the shooting, survived multiple gunshot wounds as he worked to save worshippers in the anti-Semitic attack.
Charles was sentenced to 35 years in prison for selling crack cocaine and other charges. While in prison, Charles became an exemplary citizen, completing more than 30 Bible study courses as he found God, became a law clerk, taught GED classes, and mentored his fellow inmates. He became the first prisoner released under the First Step Act on Jan. 3, 2019. He is now an advocate for prisoners and prison reform.
A 6th grader in Wilmington, Del., Joshua was reportedly bullied in his school due to his shared last name with the president. The White House writes that he is “thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support.”
Debra Bissell, Heather Armstrong, and Madison Armstrong
The three women are the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter (respectively) of Gerald and Sharon David of Reno, Nev., the couple who the White House writes “were tragically murdered in their home in Nevada by an illegal immigrant in January 2019.” It is likely that they will represent the president’s push for the border wall and border security which has stoked tensions and sent the government into a 35-day shutdown after an agreement could not be reached in Congress.
Read about Trump’s full guest list for the State of the Union here.
President will give his address at 9 p.m. Eastern.