Pathetic: Nearly 40 Democratic Lawmakers Now Skipping Trump’s Inauguration

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There are now nearly 40 House Democrats – 38, 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 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, Alabama, in 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.”

Here’s a list of other lawmakers who will not attend, starting alphabetically with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., whose spokesman confirmed her decision in an email.

Bass had asked constituents to vote about the inauguration on Twitter:

“I want to hear directly from my constituents! Do you guys think I should attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump?”

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.:

“I just told hundreds of my constituents that I will not be attending the Inauguration Ceremony this coming Friday.”

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.:

“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. Anthony Brown, D-Md.:

“Skipping Inauguration.@RepJohnLewis a civil rights hero. Enormous responsibility to be POTUS.I respect the office, can’t tolerate disrespect”

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.:

“After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration.”

Rep. Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass.:

“My statement on the upcoming inauguration: pic.twitter.com/dQXE0ztvTf”

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y.:

“I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.”

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.:

“A spokesman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Clay will be “back home in St. Louis speaking to school kids.”

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.:

“Announced @ Mason Temple, #MLK final speech, that I won’t attend #inauguration out of respect for @repjohnlewis & for unpresidential remarks”

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.:

“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 (3/3)”

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore.:

“DeFazio typically avoids ‘pomp and circumstance events in Washington,’ he said in a statement to Oregon Public Broadcasting.”

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif.:

“It is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the #TrumpInauguration on January 20, 2017.”

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.:

“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, D-N.Y.:

“I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!”

Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa.:

“I #StandWithJohnLewis. I will not be attending the inauguration. Russian hacking must be investigated and I do not support the repeal of ACA”

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio:

“As I told @JoyAnnReid, I will not be attending #Inauguration. I will be at home in Cleveland. #IStandWithJohnLewis”

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.:

“VIDEO: Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., discusses why he is not attending President Elect Donald #Trump’s inauguration next week. pic.twitter.com/PXvDVshjpH”

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill.:

https://youtu.be/0DYNCLHjed0

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.:

“Appreciate @marinij article on my decision to do service events instead of attend @realDonaldTrump inauguration https://t.co/CA1q8tOzNG”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.:

“I will not be attending Trump’s inauguration. I will be with the people of my district. #OurFirstStand pic.twitter.com/TmCodl5w9t”

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.:

“Inauguration should be a celebration. But we have nothing to celebrate on Jan 20. Instead of attending, I will be organizing. pic.twitter.com/P4whhl91ll”

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.:

https://youtu.be/Y_hbDoJFzIU

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.):

“Mr. Lieu’s statement on why he won’t be attending the Inauguration of @realDonaldTrump READ HERE: https://t.co/tx94zqE4rp”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.:

“I acknowledge the fact that he is the incoming president, but I’m not in the mood to celebrate that fact,” Lofgren told the Los Angeles Times.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.:

“The rhetoric + actions of @realDonaldTrump have been so far beyond the pale, I cannot in good conscience participate in this inauguration.”

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine:

“At MLK Day dinner in Portland, I announced that I would not attend Trump’s inauguration. Here’s why: https://t.co/4P35Mi8rf4#mepolitics”

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.:

“After reading classified Russian hacking doc & @realDonaldTrump offensive tweets to @repjohnlewis I will not be attending the Inauguration.”

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.:

“BREAKING: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) will not attend inauguration, her office tells me in an statement. @RepRoybalAllard pic.twitter.com/eWdOq9t3UX”

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.:

“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.”

Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y.:

“I will not attend the #inauguration2017 next week- cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents. #Bronx pic.twitter.com/Uz3NTgXl35”

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.:

“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 represenative for the congressman said in a statement to Seattle NBC affiliate KING 5 News.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.:

“I am deeply disappointed with Trump’s attacks against civil rights hero John Lewis and will not be attending the inauguration as a result,” Soto told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV Channel 9.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.:

“I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration.

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, D-N.Y.:

“.@repjohnlewis is a national hero and I stand with him! I also am not attending inauguration given the tone of @realDonaldTrump’s campaign”

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.:

“I never ever contemplated attending the inauguration or any activities associated w/ @realDonaldTrump. I wouldn’t waste my time.”

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.:

“I do not intend to attend the inauguration of PE @realDonaldTrump. Instead, join me for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil. pic.twitter.com/c5aJYEQOUW”

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla.:

“Congresswoman @RepWilson tells me she will not attend @realDonaldTrump inauguration because of a wedding that day. @wsvn”

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.:

“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.”

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Elise Viebeck 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. once again, this report is coming from the washington prust which is the equivalent of fake news. the facts of the above report are either 1) totally untrue or 2) highly exaggerated.

  2. It’s high time all Orthodox Jews unite and outvote the liberal democrats from New York and New Jersey. It’s time for change. Every yeshiva should have every 18 year old registered to vote as a republican. Why are we sitting ducks. The leftist liberals hate yeshivas and vouchers and we idiots elect them year in and year out. If we said enough is enough and began to outvote these opponents from nadler to schummer and stop compromising our Torah values we would have success above and beyond. Same with israel. Why is there a secular mayor of Jerusalem if a third are chareidi. That’s why there is an increase in chillul Shabbos as the secular mayor seeks to bring in secular Jews to Jerusalem by building more entertainment centers open on Shabbos. Wake up sleeping frum giant. Yes we can make Torah Judaism great again.

  3. Big Deal
    Does anybody really care?!?!?
    The double standard is nauseating. Both in the Republican primaries and the general election, Donald Trump was repeatedly confronted about his willingnes to accept the election outcome, Not one other candidate was asked this question. Her highness , queen Hillary even went so far as to accuse Trump of traitorous behavior. Yet for the last two months there’s been a steady styream of democats, both elected and unelected that have refused to acknowledge bthe election results.

  4. one of the most important aspects of the united states is the peaceful transfer of power. well, that’s not happening; i feel like we live in some third world country. yovon is gone; poras is gone; bovel is gone. isnt this ‘civilization’ supposed to be the last golus?

  5. These are the same lawmakers that will try to negotiate with their Republican counterparts next week, who will be begging for the president’s ear about some “ultra-important matters” for their constituents, and who will, and do presently, demand respect as publicly elected officials.
    Doesn’t the president deserve the same?

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