The White House on Monday announced that Joshua Trump, an 11-year-old who has been bullied for having the same last name as President Trump, will be a special guest for Trump’s State of the Union address.
The 6th-grader is among about a dozen people invited by the president and first lady Melania Trump to the State of the Union on Tuesday, the White House said Monday.
The guests include family members of a couple killed by an immigrant illegally in the country, a young boy who says he faced bullying due to his sharing the last name “Trump,” a survivor of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and Alice Johnson, the woman Trump granted clemency last year.
“This year’s guests come from all different walks of life, and each has an incredible story to tell. No matter their background, each one has something important in common: They represent the very best of America,” the White House said in a statement.
More than 10 people will sit with the first lady during the address.
“Unfortunately, Joshua has been bullied in school due to his last name,” the White House release said of Joshua Trump, of Wilmington, Delaware.
Joshua Trump was “thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support,” the statement added.
Trump has been known for his offensive tweets that often bully his percieved enemies:
How can a dummy dope like Harry Hurt, who wrote a failed book about me but doesn’t know me or anything about me, be on TV discussing Trump?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2013
.@cher–I don’t wear a “rug”—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2012