Democrats are using the president's State of the Union address to showcase guests who represent some of their most significant issues with Trump and his controversial policies.
According to reports, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is bringing a decorated transgender Navy member. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has invited a labor leader recently furloughed from his job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and California Sen. Kamala Harris is bringing a woman who lost her home in a wildfire.
CNN reports that Gillibrand's guest is Blake Dremann, a transgender Navy lieutenant commander who has been deployed 11 times. The issue of transgenders in the military made headlines following the Supreme Court allowing Trump's ban on transgender military service to go into effect.
"Transgender service members like Lieutenant Commander Dremann make extraordinary sacrifices every day to defend our freedom and our most sacred values, and President Trump's decision to ban them from military service is cruel and undermines our military readiness," she said in a statement.
Harris' guest, Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, whose home was destroyed in a wildfire. Both she and her husband work for air traffic control and were furloughed during the government shutdown this year, Harris said.
"Trisha's story is just one of many stories I heard during the shutdown of Americans whose lives were upended and who faced those difficult days with strength and resilience," Harris said in a statement.
"Washington needs to hear her story and avoid another harmful shutdown."
While Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's guest is Sajid Shahriar, a HUD staffer and labor leader with roles in both the local American Federation of Government Employees and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
"It's time to send a message to President Trump and Senate Republicans: federal and contract workers are the backbone of our economy, and their livelihoods should never be used as pawns in Republican political games," Warren said in a statement.
Trump has invited a 6th-grade boy who has been bullied because of his last name, Trump, family members Gerald and Sharon David of Reno, Nevada, an elderly couple who were killed in January, allegedly by an El Salvadoran man believed to be an illegal alien.
He has also invited Alice Marie Johnson, who was granted clemency by the president on a life sentence related to a nonviolent drug offense. Kim Kardashian West lobbied on her behalf.