WHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration

WHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration
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The majority of Democrats plan to attend the inauguration and uphold the tradition of watching the peaceful transfer of power, regardless of party. But after an exceptionally divisive election, some are breaking with the norm.
 
As Jan. 20 draws near, 62 Democrats have announced they’ll boycott the inauguration.
 
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Here's a list of who's skipping the event.
   
Rep. Alma Adams (N.C.)

Adams said in a statement that she has deep respect for the peaceful transition of power, but that she will stay home and meet with constituents during the inauguration.

“In November, the President-elect promised to bridge the divide to help us find common ground. Unfortunately, that promise has not been honored. Instead, President-elect Trump has validated our fears with his cabinet picks, tweets and attacks.”

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Bass made her decision after conducting a Twitter poll on whether or not she should attend the inauguration.

Rep. Don Beyer (Va.)

Beyer announced on Facebook that he will skip the inauguration.

“Yes, I treasure the peaceful transition 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,” he continued.

“His values and his actions are the antitheses of those I hold dear. It would be the height of hypocrisy for me to pretend to be part of his inaugural celebration.”

 
Blumenauer told Oregon Public Broadcasting he would miss an inauguration for the first time since his election.
 
“Here is a person who ran a campaign that is the antithesis of everything I’ve worked for in public service,” he said, adding that attending is “not a productive use of my time.”

Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.)

“The election of Donald Trump presents a challenge to my long held view of presidential inaugurations. As much as I cherish this day, can I in good conscience celebrate that which I believe is a grave mistake? Can I sit by mere yards away and applaud the desecration of the most important office in the history of the world?” Boyle said in a statement, according to CBS Philadelphia.

“After wrestling with this question for the last two months, I have concluded I cannot participate in this Inaugural celebration. I accept the decision of the people. I respect it. But I will not celebrate it.”

Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.)

'I'm not going to go to the Inaugural. I want to support John Lewis, he's a personal friend of mine," Brady said Monday, according to ABC 6 Philadelphia.

Rep. Anthony Brown (Md.)

"I respect the office of President of the United States, and I can only hope that soon you will earn the respect of all the people whom you have been elected to lead. For now, regrettably, your recent verbal attack on Mr. Lewis disrespected him and his office, showed a disregard for the office you will soon hold and the Constitution you will soon swear to uphold, and demands my absence from your inauguration," Brown wrote on Facebook.

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Butterfield, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote in a series of tweets that he would not attend the inauguration.

“Considering Mr. Trump’s brand of division & insult, I believe it would be hurtful to my constituents for me to attend the inauguration. It is my hope that President Trump will transform his behavior and lead our nation in a positive direction for all Americans.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas)

Castro said he won't attend the ceremony, but will be in Washington to meet with constituents who’ve traveled for the inauguration.

“Every American should respect the office of the presidency and the fact that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. But winning an election does not mean a man can show contempt for millions of Americans and then expect those very people to celebrate him," Castro said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rep. Michael Capuano (Mass.)

“While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural,” he tweeted.

Instead he will hold an open house to hear from constituents who have contacted his office “to raise concerns about the future of our great country.”

Rep. Tony Cardenas (Calif.)

"This week I've been thinking a lot about what my parents, family, and constituents would say about the situation I'm facing. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration," Cardenas said in a statement on Tuesday. 

He plans on attending the Women's March on Washington on Saturday with his wife and daughter.

Rep. Judy Chu (Calif.)
 
"After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration," she tweeted.
 
Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.)
 
Clark said she felt her presence at Trump's inauguration would serve as part of the "normalization" of Trump's actions.
 
“I had hoped 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," Clark said in a statement on Jan. 5. "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 Clarke (N.Y.) 
 
Clarke also joined Lewis after he faced criticism from Trump. "When you insult [John Lewis], you insult America," she tweeted.
 
Rep. William Lacy Clay (Mo.)
 
Clay’s spokesman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he will skip the inauguration and be “back home in St. Louis speaking to school kids.”
 
Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

"I sat on the floor of the House of Representatives with John Lewis to protest the inability of the Republican Congress to give us a vote on gun violence. I sat with John Lewis then. And I will stand with John Lewis now. Therefore, I will not be attending the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America this week," Cohen said, according to WKRN News 2 in Nashville.

Rep. John Conyers (Mich.)
 
Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, won't be attending the inauguration, a spokeswoman confirmed Jan. 14. Conyers is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has served in the House since 1965.
 
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.)
 
DeSaulnier announced his boycott on Twitter on Jan. 13.
 
“It is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the #TrumpInauguration on January 20, 2017,” he wrote, adding a video message where he said Trump will be in violation of the Constitution due to conflicts of interest.

Rep. Lloyd Dogett (Texas)

Doggett announces on Twitter that he'll skip inauguration because Trump is dividing the country.

Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.)

“I’m going to #StandWithJohnLewis. I won’t attend the Inauguration on Friday,” he tweeted.

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)

"I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won't be attending Donald Trump's inauguration," he tweeted Monday afternoon.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.)

Invoking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he wrote in a Facebook message that “it is up to us to preserve [Dr. King’s] legacy and the legacy of President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaRahm Emanuel: Trump changed GOP base Trump: Hillary Clinton colluded with Democrats to defeat Bernie Sanders Trump breaks with tradition, forgoes Ramadan dinner MORE to ensure that we do not go back in time!

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That’s why I am not attending the presidential inauguration. Donald Trump and the hate-filled rhetoric that plagued his election simply will continue in his administration.

THIS is not Dr. King’s Dream!”

Rep. Dwight Evans (Pa.)

"I #StandWithJohnLewis. I will not be attending the inauguration. Russian hacking must be investigated and I do not support the repeal of ACA," Evans tweeted Monday.

“I will not be attending #Inauguration. I will be at home in Cleveland. #IStandWithJohnLewis,” she tweeted.

“I will not attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do,” he said in a statement.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.)
 
Gallego said on Twitter that he would not attend the inauguration, blaming "Trump's bigotries."
 
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.)
 
Grijalva announced on the House floor Jan. 13 that he’d be back in his Tucson-area district meeting with constituents and activists instead of attending Trump's inauguration. The Arizona Democrat is a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
 
"My absence is not motivated by disrespect for the office or motivated by disrespect for the government that we have in this great democracy. But as an individual act, yes, of defiance, at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration and by the actions we are taking in this Congress," Grijalva said.
 
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)
 
Gutiérrez was the first lawmaker to say he'd boycott Trump's inauguration. Instead, he plans to attend the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
 
"I cannot go to [the] inauguration of a man who's going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women and turn back the clock on immigrants and the safety and freedom that we fought for them," he said on CNN's "New Day" in December.
 
Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.)
 
"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 in a statement.
 
Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.)
 
In a Facebook post on Jan. 7, Huffman said he would "ordinarily" attend a presidential inauguration, regardless of which party was assuming power in the White House.
 
"However, there is nothing ordinary about this inauguration or the man that will be sworn-in as our next President. I do accept the election results and support the peaceful transfer of power, but it is abundantly clear to me that with Donald Trump as our President, the United States is entering a dark and very dangerous political chapter," Huffman said.
 
"I will do everything I can to limit the damage and the duration of this chapter, and I believe we can get through it," he added. "But I will not sit passively and politely applaud as it begins."
 
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)

“Said last wk that I wasn't attending inauguration.Will be hosting #immigration roundtable in-district, then marching in #WomensMarch on 21st,” she tweeted.

Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)

Lee said she was disappointed Trump didn't try to unify the country after running one of the most divisive campaigns in American history.
 
"Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party," Lee said in a statement on Jan. 12. "On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance."
 
Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)
 
Lewis's boycott is perhaps the most significant. The civil rights icon is skipping a presidential inauguration for the first time since he began serving in the House 30 years ago.
 
He told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he doesn't think Trump is a "legitimate president" given Russia's attempts to help elect the real estate mogul.
 
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right," Lewis said.
 
Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.)
 
Lieu called the Jan. 20 ceremony "a personal decision" since no votes will be taken, adding, "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."
 
“I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. For me, the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis," he said.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (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. Donald McEachin (Va.)

"I'm not sure what there is to celebrate," McEachin said in a statement. "I have a train ticket, but unfortunately, it has come to this."

Instead, McEachin's train ticket will go unused as he spends Friday at an event with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the National Park Service to announce a grant to a historic black church in his district.

Rep. Grace Meng (N.Y.)

Meng said in a statement that Trump "must get the message that his antagonistic and divisive comments are unacceptable."

"We cannot tolerate attacks on women, minorities or a civil rights icon," she added. 

Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.)

Nadler told CNN that he cannot go "because of the president-elect’s inflammatory comments, his racist campaign, his conflicts of interest [and] his refusal to disclose his taxes."

Nadler said that the “last straw” was Trump’s “ad hominem personal attacks on an icon of the civil rights movement, someone who suffered beatings and almost gave his life for this country, [Rep.] John Lewis [D-Ga.].”

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (N.J.)

"Donald Trump will be our president, and I will work with him if my values permit, and if doing so is in the best interest of my constituents and the nation. But I will not celebrate his swearing-in to an office that he has proven unfit to hold," Payne said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)

"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," Pingree said in a statement Monday.

Pingree added that she plans to attend the Women's March on Washington the day after the inauguration.

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

Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.)

Quigley "fully supports the peaceful transfer of power," a spokeswoman told The Chicago Tribune, "but [he] has chose to spend the week with those who have elected him."

Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.)

Raskin said he that for weeks he’s “assumed” he’d attend the inauguration “as a gesture of constitutionalism.”

“But, as the hour approaches, I realize that I cannot bring myself to go,” he said in a Tuesday evening statement, adding that “The moral and political legitimacy of this presidency are in the gravest doubt.”

“… 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,” he continued.  

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.)

“I thought long and hard about attending the Inauguration because I value our democracy and respect the office of the presidency, regardless of party. However, 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. For the sake of our nation, and a world which looks to America for moral leadership, I hope the President-elect will change the tone of his rhetoric, and govern responsibly, respectfully, and compassionately, in accordance with our American values," she said in a statement.

Rep. Raul Ruiz (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. A real president doesn't use the office to make millions more for his own wealth or his family's wealth.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)

“I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will not attend the Inauguration in protest of a President who used bigotry, fear, and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression – and who intends to betray the interests of the ordinary working people who put him in office,” she tweeted.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
 
Schrader also told Oregon Public Broadcasting he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration.
 
“I’m just not a big Trump fan. I’ve met the guy and never been impressed with him,” Schrader said. “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.” Unlike most of the Democrats on this list, Schrader is a centrist.
 
Rep. José E. Serrano (N.Y.) 
 
The Bronx congressman tweeted Jan. 12 that he "cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents."

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Sewell says she cannot attend given the "disrespect" Trump showed toward her mentor Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.)

Shea-Porter tweeted Monday night that she will “go to religious services to pray for all of our leaders and people, then will serve my district.”

Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.)

"Congressman John Lewis and I came to Congress at the same time, and he has become like a brother to me," Slaughter said in a statement on Tuesday.

"For all that he’s stood for all these years, I’m happy to stand with him. As tough as this decision is, I was sent to Washington to get things done, which is why I will be working with the president-elect in the years ahead to move my district and our nation forward."

Rep. Darren Soto (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 said, according to WFTV Orlando.

Rep. Mark Takano (Calif.)
 
Hours after Trump tore into Lewis for saying he wasn’t a “legitimate president,” Takano tweeted that he was boycotting the inauguration in solidarity with Lewis.
 
“I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration,” he tweeted, with a photo of Lewis marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Thompson's office told the Clarion-Ledger that he would not attend the inauguration. “Mr. Trump’s recent insensitive and foolish remarks about civil rights hero John Lewis were far beneath the dignity of the Office of the President," said Cory Horton, legislative director for Thompson.

Rep. Juan Vargas (Calif.)

Vargas announced Tuesday on Twitter that he’ll skip the inauguration.

“Instead, I will be praying for our country and for our community with the people of my district,” he added. 

Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas)

"Mr. Trump’s repeated acts of disrespect for the 33 million Americans of Hispanic descent are historic in modern times," Vela tweeted. "The hope that his actions as President would not match his political rhetoric is becoming more and more of a distant dream."

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.)
 
Velázquez will not attend the inauguration but will attend the Women's March in Washington the following day, a spokesman told The Hill.
 
Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.)

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

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.)

She’ll be holding an interfaith prayer vigil in Trenton, N.J., she tweeted on Sunday.

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

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (Fla.)

Wilson said she has been “torn” for months deciding whether to attend the inauguration or a family wedding also scheduled for this weekend.

“… It was a difficult decision, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami to attend my god-daughter’s nuptials,” she said in a release Thursday.

She will “witness the historic transfer of power” in her district office with a group of young men from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, she said.

Those constituents, she noted, “feel for obvious reasons an emotional connection to Mr. Obama, but the next few years could profoundly impact their lives and it is important for them to be equally engaged.”

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Yarmuth announced Monday night that he’ll skip Friday’s inauguration because Trump has used “his bully pulpit for insult and ridicule.”

 “I will not be attending the inauguration because I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with the President-elect himself,” he said.

Citing Trump’s comments this weekend about Rep. John Lewis (R-Ga.), Yarmuth said, “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.”

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Connolly cited Trump’s attack on Lewis, as well as his “harmful words” and backing Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a statement announcing he would not attend the inauguration.

“His disparagement of an entire religion; his racist rants about minorities; his resurrection of white supremacy; his ridicule of the disabled; his blatant misogyny and boasting of unwanted sexual advances; his intimidation of the press; his repugnant attack on civil rights hero John Lewis; and his disturbing defense of and advocacy for Vladimir Putin - a KGB thug - threaten our democratic institutions. How can I celebrate that?” 

Updated: Jan. 19, 3:48 p.m.