(ABC News)–At slightest 22 Democratic members of Congress have announced that they will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. While some done their preference in progressing weeks, several have come brazen today, citing a president-elect’s insult of Rep. John Lewis as a final straw.
Trump lashed out during a polite rights idol after Lewis pronounced he didn’t perspective Trump as “a legitimate president.” Lewis also pronounced he would not attend a inauguration.
“Congressman John Lewis should spend some-more time on regulating and assisting his district, that is in terrible figure and descending detached (not to discuss crime infested) rather than secretly angry about a choosing results,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. ” All talk, talk, speak – no movement or results. Sad!”
Trump’s comments have drawn snub and messages of support for Lewis from both sides of a aisle. Rep. Yvette Clark, D-New York, pronounced in a twitter that she would not attend a coronation since of a comments, observant “when we insult [John Lewis], we insult America.”
Reps. Mark Takano and Judy Chu, both D-California also tweeted that they would be absent as a uncover of oneness with Lewis.
In a statement, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, wrote that “while [he does] not brawl that Trump won a Electoral College, [he] can't normalize his function or a adverse and un-American statements he has made.”
“Trump — who mislaid a renouned opinion — has done a array of racist, sexist and hypocritical statements,” Lieu continued. “In addition, he has pounded Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now polite rights idol John Lewis.”
Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan reflected these sentiments in a matter expelled Sunday morning.
“I was formulation on attending a Inauguration on Friday out of honour for a bureau of President, while still creation it behind home on Saturday to attend a Women’s Mar in Madison,” he said. “However, after prolonged care formed on reading a Classified ask on Russian hacking and a Trump candidacy on Thursday, a doing of his conflicts of interest, and this weekend’s descent tweets about a inhabitant favourite Rep. John Lewis, we am no longer attending a event.”
Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-California, and John Conyers, D-Michigan, did not categorically discuss Lewis in their announcements, though did go open with their decisions on a day of Trump’s tweets.
Among those who done adult their mind to skip progressing in January, a many common reason is an hatred to “normalizing” what they see as Trump’s divisive tongue and agenda.
“When a new President denigrates Latinos or Mexicans or immigrants as drug-dealers and criminals, we wish to be means to contend we did not acquit or concede that form of debate to go mainstream; That was not normalized on my watch,” Rep Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, pronounced in partial in a debate on a House floor. “Because a destiny President pronounced a American-born children of immigrants were not able of being American judges, we can't lay there during his coronation as if that is OK and we pardon him.”
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, pronounced on Twitter that she didn’t feel that she could “contribute to a normalization of a President-elect’s divisive tongue by participating in a inauguration.”
Several of a Congress members devise to attend a Women’s Mar on Washington; others pronounced they will do village organizing in their home districts.
The Trump transition group did not respond to a ask for comment.
Below is a full using list of Congress members not attending a inauguration:
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA
Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA
Rep. Mark Takano, D-CA
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
Rep. John Lewis, D-GA
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA
Rep. John Conyers, D-MI
Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-MO
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY
Rep. Jose Serrano, D-NY
Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-OH
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY
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