Joe Kennedy to deliver response to Trump's state of the union speech

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III will deliver a rebuttal to President Trump’s state of the union address on Tuesday.

The Massachusetts Congressman has been selected to deliver the Democratic response to the president’s speech in what may be an appeal to Trump’s voter base.

“While President Trump has consistently broken his promises to the middle class, Congressman Kennedy profoundly understands the challenges facing hard-working men and women across the country,” according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

19 PHOTOS
Rep. Joe Kennedy III
See Gallery
Rep. Joe Kennedy III
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) takes the stage to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Joe Kennedy III waves during his address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) speaks during a press conference condemning the new ban on transgendered servicemembers on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy held a news conference with members of the House leadership and the LGBT Equality Caucus to denounce the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to ban transgendered servicemembers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 20: Congressman Joe Kennedy III listens to a speaker beside a Forever stamp in commemoration of the centennial of President John F. Kennedy's birth at the JFK Library in Boston on Feb. 20, 2017. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 3: Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., descends the House Steps of the Capitol after a vote on May 3, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. Congressional candidate for Massachusetts Joe Kennedy III addresses the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III (2nd L) sits at desk inside a full scale model of the U.S. Senate chamber during dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 21: U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III joined protestors at a rally against the Trump administration at the Boston Irish Famine Memorial on February 21, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The protest, called 'We Will Persist,' was put on by Massachusetts workers, immigrants, and community activists. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 9: From left, Reps. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., confer after the 24-hour mark of a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup in Rayburn Building regarding the bill to repeal and replace the the Affordable Care Act, March 9, 2017.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Joe Kennedy III, candidate for United States Congress at a campaign event 'Women for Joe Reception' with Vicki Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA on October 18, 2012. (Photo by Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 3: Congressman Joe P. Kennedy III reacts during a charity football game for Best Buddies International at Harvard Stadium in Boston on June 3, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Joe Kennedy III, candidate for United States Congress at a campaign event 'Women for Joe Reception' with Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA on October 18, 2012. (Photo by Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 21: Misledis Jimenes, 5, center, of Boston, looks up at Congressman Joe Kennedy III, left, as she and two other children hand a box of letters from constituents to he and Senator Ed Markey, right, at the conclusion of a rally with workers and advocates at a Downtown Crossing event in Boston on Feb. 21, 2017 intended to, 'send a clear message to Washington' that Massachusetts will work to advance issues important to its residents. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 21: Congressman Joe Kennedy III speaks during a rally with workers and advocates at a Downtown Crossing event in Boston on Feb. 21, 2017 intended to, 'send a clear message to Washington' that Massachusetts will work to advance issues important to its residents. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 9: Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., kicks back as Reps. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., look on, after the 24-hour mark of a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup in Rayburn Building regarding the bill to repeal and replace the the Affordable Care Act, March 9, 2017. The markup has been underway since 10:30 a.m., Wednesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III and his wife Lauren arrive for the 2017 Profile in Courage Award ceremony, being given to former U.S. President Barack Obama, at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III waits to speak at ceremonies on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Congressman Kennedy's great-uncle, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, outside the home where President Kennedy was born, in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S., May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) speaks during a press conference condemning the new ban on transgendered servicemembers on July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy held a news conference with members of the House leadership and the LGBT Equality Caucus to denounce the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to ban transgendered servicemembers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) takes the stage to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

The congressman, who is the grandson of Robert Kennedy, will follow in the footsteps of his great-uncle Edward Kennedy, who delivered the response to Ronald Reagan’s address in 1982.

The 37-year-old has gained national prominence for his blistering speeches slamming Trump as well as the GOP-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare last year.

Virginia state Del. Elizabeth Guzman, the first Hispanic woman elected to the seat, will deliver the response in Spanish.

Five members of Congress, including John Lewis of Georgia, Maxine Waters of California, and Frederica Wilson of Florida, announced they will be boycotting Trump’s address.

Taking a cue from the Time’s Up movement’s show of solidarity on the Golden Globes red carpet, other Democrats are planning to wear all black or bring guests impacted by the immigration debate.

13 PHOTOS
Robert F. Kennedy
See Gallery
Robert F. Kennedy
Portrait of American politician and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968), 1960. (Photo by Photoquest/Getty Images)
SEP 27 1961, 10-5-1961 Kennedy, Robert F. - Individuals. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy, front running candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, stands with his brother and campaign manager Robert Kennedy while in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
(Original Caption) 3/16/1968-Washington, DC- In the Senate Caucus Room today, Senator Robert Kennedy announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He made the announcement in the same room in which his brother, the then Senator John F. Kennedy, announced candidacy for the Presidency in 1960.
Portrait of American politician US Attorney General (and later New York Senator) Robert F. Kennedy (1925 -1968), early to mid 1960s. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 16: December 16, 1960. John Fitzgerald KENNEDY, who has just been elected president of the United States, holds a press conference to announce the nomination of his brother Robert KENNEDY as Attorney General (equivalent to the Minister of Justice in France.) (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) U. S. Senator elect Robert F. Kennedy, had reached the first plateau in what many politicians predicted would be a climb to the presidency. Kennedy, in his first try for an elective office, defeated incumbent Senator Kenneth Keating by about 1/2 million votes. Kennedy told his supporters: 'We started something in 1960 (with the election of his brother John as President), and the vote was an overwhelming mandate to continue.'
Robert F. Kennedy campaigns for his brother, Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy. He discusses election issues with tailor Isidor Lutnick during a tour of the Bronx.
(Original Caption) Robert Kennedy, brother of the President-elect, is congratulated by Senator John McClellan, (D-Ark.), after his nomination to be Attorney General was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator McClellan and Bob Kennedy worked together as Chairman and Chief Counsel of the old Senate Rackets Committee.
May 1961: American politician Robert F Kennedy (1925 - 1968) talks on the telephone in his office at the Justice Department, Washington, DC. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)
President Kennedy and his brothers, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. White House, outside Oval Office. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Attorney general Robert F. Kennedy testified before the Senate Commerce Committee today on the Administration's civil rights bill. He said he opposed any changes in the bill that would water down the proposed ban on discrimination in public accommodations.
Robert F. Kennedy has confirmed reports that he will resign soon as Chief Counsel for the Senate Labor Rackets Investigating Committee. He is shown at the Rackets Committee hearing today. The younger Kennedy is expected to play a major role in his brother John's campaign to win the 1960 Democratic nomination for President.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story