UPDATED: Democrats Boycotting Trump Inaugural Nears Two Dozen Congressmen
The number of Democrats who have announced they are boycotting Friday’s Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States has now passed a dozen with more expected after Trump dared to respond to sharp criticism by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) calling Trumps presidency “illegitimate”.
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL); Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA); Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Rep. Raul Grijalva )D-AZ); Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA); Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO); Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR); Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA); Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY); Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
Update: Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) will not attend.
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
“I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.”
The Hill added Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to the boycott list Saturday night.
Added late Saturday by Politico: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Missed this announcement of boycott Saturday: Rep Mark Pocan (D-WI)
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 15, 2017
“After reading classified Russian hacking doc & @realDonaldTrump offensive tweets to @repjohnlewis I will not be attending the Inauguration.”
More: Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA); Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
NBC News notes Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) will not attend , but hat he usually skips inaugurals.
No senators have announced a boycott yet, though several Democrat senators have not announced whether they will attend or boycott.