Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL), who is not seeking reelection in 2018, stormed out of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night after a pro-American chant broke out among hundreds of people in attendance.
As Trump’s speech was coming to a close, chants of “USA! USA! USA!” broke out on the floor and Gutierrez was spotted storming out of the room as Democratic colleagues patted him on the shoulder.
“Young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond,” Trump said near the end of his speech. “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific, and the skies all over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument this is the monument to the American people.”
It was after those words that applause and the “USA!” chant broke out and Gutierrez got up and left.
A spokesperson for Gutierrez claims that he did not leave in protest over the “USA!” chant but that he wanted to leave a few seconds early because he was in a rush “to make it to Univision.”