Scores of US Lawmakers to Boycott Trump Inauguration

More than 40 Democratic representatives of Congress from across the country have announced plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the second day of a confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Rep. Alma Adams released a statement on Twitter: "President-elect Trump has validated our fears with his cabinet picks, tweets and attacks," she said, citing Trump's inflammatory comments about "women, minorities and the disabled." She added, "When inauguration day is done, the real work will begin."
Rep. Karen Bass said on Twitter: "After receiving an overwhelming response on the twitter poll, I've decided not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump."
Rep. Don Beyer, announced on Twitter that he will not attend the inauguration ceremonies, but will attend the Women's March the following day. His statement reads: “Dr. King spoke of the fierce urgency of now. I wanted to let you know that I am not attending this Friday’s inauguration ceremonies. Yes, I treasure the peaceful transfer of power. Yes, I will respect the constitutional prerogatives of the presidency. But I will not be part of normalizing or legitimizing a man whose election may well have depended on the malicious foreign interference of Russia’s leaders, a person who lies profusely and without apology, who mimics the disabilities of others, who insults anyone who dares disagree with him, who would demonize an entire spiritual tradition, and who has demonstrated again and again a profound disrespect for women. His values and his actions are the antithesis of those I hold dear. It would be the height of hypocrisy for me to pretend to be part of this inaugural celebration.”
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer posted to Facebook, saying: "There is unprecedented concern by my constituents about the many threats posed by a Trump administration seeking to implement the President-elect's policies on health, environment, nuclear weapons, and immigration, to name but a few. I will forgo the inauguration, spending the day instead in my district talking with Oregonians to hear their priorities, try to answer their questions, and prepare for the coming assault on the values and programs we hold dear. It is hard to think of a better use of my time on January 20th."
Rep. Brendan Boyle posted to Facebook: “I believe Donald Trump is a unique threat to the Constitution and to our country. I have never before used such stark terms to describe an American political leader, Democrat or Republican. I do not use these words lightly. But Trump warrants such dramatic description ... After wrestling with this question for the last two months, I have concluded I cannot participate in this Inaugural celebration. I do not challenge that Mr Trump won the Electoral College and therefore will lawfully be president. We cannot go down a path in which we do not accept the legitimacy of the choice of the people. In America, it is the people who decide. I accept the decision of the people. I respect it. But I will not celebrate it.”
Rep. Anthony Brown said on Twitter: "Skipping Inauguration.@RepJohnLewis a civil rights hero. Enormous responsibility to be POTUS.I respect the office, can't tolerate disrespect"
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Rep. G.K. Butterfield said on Twitter: "After prayerful consideration, I cannot in good conscious attend the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump," he said. "Considering Mr. Trump’s brand of division & insult, I believe it would be hurtful to my constituents for me to attend the inauguration."
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Rep. Tony Cardenas said in a statement: "I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration. He has been consistent in his words and actions -- he has disrespected countless Americans -- women, civil rights leaders, Hispanics, people with disabilities, Muslims, gold star families, African Americans, POWs, and more," he said. "I will join my wife and daughter and thousands of caring, loving people in the Women's March on Saturday."
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Rep. Michael Capuano joined a long list of fellow Democrats in boycotting President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. "Instead I am holding an open house at my Cambridge District Office, located at 110 First Street from 8-10 a.m. on Friday the 20th," he said on Twitter.
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Rep. Joaquin Castro said in a statement: "Donald Trump has shown an utter lack of respect for so many Americans. His attack on civil rights hero John Lewis is the latest example. I will not attend this year’s inauguration ceremony."
Rep. Judy Chu, posted on Twitter: "After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration."
Rep. Katherine Clark posted a statement on Twitter: "I respect the Office of the President and support the peaceful transfer of power. Families in my district are fearful that the anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and divisive promises that drove the Trump campaign will become the policies affecting the health and safety of every American. I had hoped that the President-elect would use the transition period and his appointments to change course and fulfill his promise to be a President for all Americans; however, this has not been the case. After discussions with hundreds of my constituents, I do not feel that I can contribute to the normalization of the President-elect’s divisive rhetoric by participating in the Inauguration.”
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke said on Twitter: "I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America."
A spokesperson for Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he will not attend the inauguration and will instead be “back home in St. Louis speaking to school kids.”
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Rep. Steve Cohen said on Twitter: "Announced @ Mason Temple, #MLK final speech, that I won't attend #inauguration out of respect for @repjohnlewis & for unpresidential remarks"
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Rep. Gerry Connelly became another Virginia house Democrat to boycott Friday's presidential inauguration, saying in a Jan. 18 statement that Donald Trump's "behavior and harmful words during and after the campaign have left the country I love with open, bleeding wounds. Instead of binding those wounds, he has poured salt on them. Instead of unifying us, he has reveled in driving wedges between us."
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Rep. John Conyers will not attend the inauguration, his office confirmed on Jan. 17. He said on Twitter: "Agree with VP Biden that it's time for Trump to grow up. Being POTUS is a serious matter - not child's play. I stand w/ @repjohnlewis"
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier announced his intent not to attend on Twitter: "It is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the #TrumpInauguration on January 20, 2017."
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Rep. Lloyd Doggett declined to attend Friday's presidential inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in a Jan. 17 statement on Twitter.
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Rep. Mike Doyle declined to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration through Twitter, saying "I’m going to #StandWithJohnLewis. I won’t attend the Inauguration on Friday."
Rep. Keith Ellison said on Twitter: "I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won't be attending Donald Trump's inauguration."
Rep. Adriano Espaillat said on Twitter: "I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!"
Rep. Dwight Evans write on Twitter: "I #StandWithJohnLewis. I will not be attending the inauguration. Russian hacking must be investigated and I do not support the repeal of ACA,"
EMPTY_CAPTION"As I told @JoyAnnReid, I will not be attending #Inauguration. I will be at home in Cleveland. #IStandWithJohnLewis," Rep. Marcia Fudge wrote on Twitter.
Rep. Ruben Gallego said on Twitter: "We must stand against Trump's bigotries- birther conspiracies, attacks on Gold star parents & civil rights heroes. I won't attend inauguration."
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Rep. Al Green posted a statement on Twitter: “I will not attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do.”
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Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a vide posted to Twitter that he will be home in Arizona with constituents instead of at the inauguration because of "disrespect" that the President-elect has shown for "millions and millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump."
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez posted a video to YouTube of him speaking on the House floor, where he announced that he will not be attending the inauguration, but he will attend the Women's March the following day in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Alcee Hastings posted a statement on Twitter. "This decision is not a protest of the results of the Electoral College, but rather, an objection to the demagoguery that continues to define the incoming administration," he said. "It is quite simply wrong for the President-elect to use his position of power to continue to make racist, sexist, and bigoted statements, to demean those who have spent their lifetimes championing civil rights, such as Rep. John Lewis, and to ridicule religious minorities, ethnic minorities, and anyone who looks different. President-elect Trump continues to denigrate the American intelligence community, jeopardizing the security of the American people, and has clear, undeniable conflicts of interest in violation of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, designed to prevent foreign influence over American elected officials. Make no mistake: these behaviors are not, nor can they ever be, considered normal."
Rep. Jared Huffman posted to Twitter: "Appreciate @marinij article on my decision to do service events instead of attend @realDonaldTrump inauguration."
Sen. Pramila Jayapal said on Twitter: "I will not be attending Trump's inauguration. I will be with the people of my district. #OurFirstStand."
EMPTY_CAPTION"Inauguration should be a celebration. But we have nothing to celebrate on Jan 20. Instead of attending, I will be organizing," Rep. Barbara Lee said on Twitter.
Rep. John Lewis said on "Meet the Press" that he does not consider Donald Trump a "legitimate president" because of alleged Russian participation in the election. Lewis said he does not plan to attend the inauguration.
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Rep. Ted Lieu posted a statement to Twitter saying, "While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made. Trump -- who lost the popular vote -- has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements. In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis.” He ended the statement by saying, "I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis."
Rep. Dan Lipinski told the Chicago Tribune that he would not be attending the inauguration.
EMPTY_CAPTION"I acknowledge the fact that he is the incoming president, but I’m not in the mood to celebrate that fact,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren to the Los Angeles Times.
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Rep. Alan Lowenthal cited President-elect Donald Trump's attack on Rep. John Lewis as his reason for skipping inauguration weekend on Jan. 18, 2017. "President-elect Trump’s recent attacks on Rep. John Lewis were beyond the pale and served as a tipping point which made me re-evaluate my original intention to attend," he said in a statement.
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Rep. Donald McEachin released a statement boycotting Friday's presidential inauguration in support of Rep. John Lewis, saying in a Jan. 18 statement "I have never seen a campaign that was based so much on hatred. I have never seen a campaign where a foreign power intervened to get one candidate elected and where the candidate did not even acknowledge, let alone condemn this behavior. I'm not sure what there is to celebrate."
Rep. Jerry McNerney will not attend the inauguration, according to the Lis Angeles Times.
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Rep. Grace Meng declined to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, in a statement given to WNBC.
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler wrote on Twitter: "The rhetoric + actions of @realDonaldTrump have been so far beyond the pale, I cannot in good conscience participate in this inauguration."
Rep. Grace Napolitano will not attend the inauguration, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Rep. Donald Payne announced his intent to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, calling him "unfit" to hold office on his Facebook page.
Rep. Chellie Pingree posted her statement on Twitter, saying "After giving the issue a lot of thought and consideration, I’ve decided not to participate in Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremonies on January 20. I fully accept the outcome of this presidential election. And, under normal circumstances, I would have no question at all about participating in this important ceremony, whatever party the incoming President was from. But these are not normal circumstances ... President-elect Trump’s actions go beyond any kind of reasonable debate—they threaten the constitutional values our country is based on. I won’t dignify or normalize those threats by standing by at his ceremony. Instead, I think I can better serve my District by performing acts of service here in Maine that day. I will also attend the Women’s March on Washington before returning to Congress to serve the interests of my constituents during the presidency of Donald Trump."
Rep. Mark Pocan said on Twitter: "After reading classified Russian hacking doc & @realDonaldTrump offensive tweets to @repjohnlewis I will not be attending the Inauguration."
Rep. Mike Quigley's aides told the Chicago Tribune that Rep. Mike Quigley would not attend the inauguration.
Rep. Jamie Raskin said in a statement: "I cannot bring myself to go. I wish that these were normal times and that I could sit and applaud the normal workings of government," it said. "But these are not normal times and I cannot pretend as if they are. The moral and political legitimacy of this presidency are in the gravest doubt. I cannot get over Trump’s refusal to deal seriously with the constitutional problems caused by his business entanglements with foreign governments and corporations. I cannot get past his stubborn denial of the enormity of Russia’s efforts to sabotage and undermine our presidential election (regardless of the victor). I cannot stomach his relentless trafficking in bigotry, misogyny and fear. And I am outraged and confounded by his continuing provocations against civil rights heroes, such as my colleague the great Congressman John Lewis, union leaders and other individual citizens. Given these dynamics and given that one can never have any confidence in what Trump might say or tweet, I cannot risk my presence at his inauguration being interpreted as any kind of endorsement of the normality of our situation. I will not attend the inauguration. I do not rejoice in this decision or take pride in it, any more than I would rejoice or take pride in going; the inauguration ceremony is just a fact of life now, and we must all deal with it as best we can. I am afraid that these kinds of searing moral and political conflicts are our destiny for a while.”
Journalist Wilfred Chan posted on Twitter an email statement from Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard in which she said, "The disparaging remarks the President-elect has made about many groups, including women, Mexicans, and Muslims, are deeply contrary to my values. As a result, I will not be attending the inauguration."
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Rep. Raul Ruiz told The Desert Sun that “A real president doesn't attack the press because they ask tough questions. A real president doesn't insult and bully celebrities or everyday Americans because they disagree with him. A real president doesn't use the office to make millions more for his own wealth or his family's wealth.”
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will boycott this Friday's Inauguration," Rep. Jan Schakowsky said on Twitter.
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“I’m just not a big Trump fan Rep. Kurt Schrader told Oregon Public Broadcasting. "He’s the president of the United States now, so I’ll do my best to work with him when I think he’s doing the right thing for the country. But he hasn’t proved himself to me at all yet, so I respectfully decline to freeze my ass out there in the cold for this particular ceremony.”
Rep. Jose E. Serrano said on Twitter: "I will not attend the #inauguration2017 next week- cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents. #Bronx."
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Rep. Terri Sewell sided with Rep. John Lewis in a Jan. 18 statement, saying "I simply cannot accept the blatant disrespect of @repjohnlewis. #IStandWithJohn," on Twitter.
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Rep. Louise Slaughter declined to attend President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, choosing to keep her Washington, D.C. office open on Friday and Saturday instead.
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Rep. Adam Smith told NBC affiliate, KING 5, "As the House of Representatives is not in session the week of Inauguration, Congressman Smith will spend the District Work Period at home in Washington state meeting with his constituents."
Rep. Darren Soto confirmed his decision not to participate to ABC affiliate WFTV 9: “I am deeply disappointed with Trump’s attacks against civil rights hero John Lewis and will not be attending the inauguration as a result."
Rep. Mark Takano said on Twitter: "I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration."
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Rep. Bennie Thompson will not attend the inauguration, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
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Bonnie Watson Coleman will hold a prayer vigil instead of attend the inauguration, she announced on Twitter: "I do not intend to attend the inauguration of PE @realDonaldTrump. Instead, join me for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil."
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I will not be attending the Inauguration. Instead, I will be praying for our country and for our community with the people of my district," Rep. Juan Vargas said on Twitter.
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Nydia M. Velazquez said on Twitter: "I will not be attending inauguration of @realDonaldTrump but WILL participate in the @womensmarch on January 21st."
John Yarmuth said in a statement that Trump "has continually denigrated the office of the President by using his bully pulpit for insult and ridicule." He added that he has heard from thousands over the past months about Trump's "shameful" remarks. "This is not normal. It is an embarrassment to our country and to the office of the presidency, and we must send the message that his behavior is not acceptable from the leader of our nation. Not attending the Inauguration is one way for me to do that."
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