US President Donald Trump has announced his guests for his State of the Union address.
They include the children of a couple allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant, a child bullied because he has the last name ‘Trump’, and a recovering opioid addict.
The family of 81-year-old Gerald David, and his 80-year-old wife, Sharon, who were found murdered in their home, will be among Mr Trump’s guests.
Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, has been arrested in connection with the Davids’ killing.
The couple’s daughter, Debra Bissell; their granddaughter, Heather Armstrong; and great-granddaughter, Madison Armstrong, will be in attendance as Mr Trump touts stronger borders as part of his legislative agenda.
Mr Trump has also invited an 11-year-old boy named Joshua Trump, who has been relentlessly bullied due to his surname.
The bullying became so bad that his father, Robert Berto, pulled him out of school and home schooled him for a year.
When Joshua became old enough to go to middle school, the family re-entered him into the mainstream system but they say the bullying started again.
“They curse at him, they call him an idiot, they call him stupid,” his mother, Megan, told ABC News. “He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time, and he doesn’t want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that’s scary.”
Joshua has started using his father’s last name, Berto.
Ashely Evans, a recovering opioid addict who relapsed after she gave birth to a daughter in 2017, will also be in attendance,
She wants to share her story of hope.
On February 9, Ashley will celebrate 1 year and 1 month in recovery and on February 15, she will be reunited with her daughter full-time.
Judah Samet, a member of the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh, will also be attending the State of the Union.
Samet, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Israel after the Second World War and fought in that country’s War of Independence, avoided death after arriving four minutes late to the synagogue.
He was stopped by police for parking in a handicapped spot. By the time he had arrived to the synagogue, the shooter, Robert Bowers, 46, had already opened fire.