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SOTU 2018

Nancy Pelosi warns Democrats ahead of State of the Union: 'If you want to walk out, don't come in'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned House Democrats against disrupting President Trump at the State of the Union on Tuesday, telling the caucus that "if you want to walk out, don't come in," Politico reports. A number of Democrats are still planning to protest in subtler ways, including Pelosi, who is bringing a young undocumented immigrant as her guest. Other Democrats have decided against attending the address altogether.

Pelosi's comments are apparently intended to head off a viral moment, like in 2009 when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "you lie" at then-President Barack Obama. "Let's see if [Democrats] do something equally silly," Politico Playbook wrote in a Tuesday morning preview of the State of the Union.

Instead of causing a ruckus, "let the attention be on [Trump's] slobbering self," Pelosi reportedly said.