Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Dems Who Will Not Attend Inauguration Are Being Political And NOT Leaders. Are They Traitors To America?
Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump’s inauguration
More than 50 Democrats in the House of Representatives have said they won't attend Friday's inaugural ceremonies. Here are some of the reasons they are skipping out. (Video: Sarah Parnass/Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday to protest what they described as his alarming and divisive policies, foreign interference in his election and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia.
There are now nearly 60 House Democrats — 59, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week. The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis (D) is “all talk, talk, talk” and should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities.”
Lewis, who sees Trump’s Nov. 8 win as illegitimate because of Russia’s alleged interference in the election, is best known for leading civil rights protests in the 1960s, including the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., during which state troopers brutally attacked the crowd. Lewis will not attend the inauguration, he told NBC News in an interview for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s team and senators of both parties on Jan. 15 reacted to Trump’s feud with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Here’s a list of other lawmakers who will not attend, starting alphabetically with Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.):
“After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration . . . I feel this decision best represents my family, constituents, and country,” Cardenas said in a statement.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.):
“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,” Castro said in a statement.
“A real president doesn’t attack the press because they ask tough questions,” Ruiz told the Desert Sun. “A real president doesn’t insult and bully celebrities or everyday Americans because they disagree with him.”
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.):
“I’m just not a big Trump fan,” Schrader told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “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.”
“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,” a representative for the congressman said in a statement to Seattle NBC affiliate KING 5 News.
“For the last ten weeks, President-elect Trump has continually denigrated the office of the President by using his bully pulpit for insult and ridicule,” Yarmuth said in a statement. “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 this behavior is not acceptable from the leader of our nation. Not attending the Inauguration is one way for me to do that.”
These Democratic lawmakers are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration
They say they are declining to attend in protest of the president-elect’s worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia.