A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday as a protest of Trump’s worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, congressman of Georgia.
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, Ala., 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?
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) January 15, 2017
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.):
I just told hundreds of my constituents that I will not be attending the Inauguration Ceremony this coming Friday. Here is what I said: pic.twitter.com/YLJz5OWjXe
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 16, 2017
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.):
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
— Anthony G. Brown (@AnthonyBrownMD4) January 16, 2017
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.):
After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 15, 2017
Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.):
My statement on the upcoming inauguration: pic.twitter.com/dQXE0ztvTf
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) January 5, 2017
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.):
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
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.):
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)
— John Conyers, Jr. (@RepJohnConyers) January 14, 2017
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.
— Mark DeSaulnier (@RepDeSaulnier) January 14, 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. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 16, 2017
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.):
I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 15, 2017
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
— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) January 16, 2017
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio):
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.):
— azcentral (@azcentral) January 15, 2017
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.):
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.):
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.):
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 15, 2017
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. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 12, 2017
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.):
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.):
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) January 14, 2017
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. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 16, 2017
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine):
— Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) January 17, 2017
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.):
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.):
— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) January 16, 2017
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.):
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. Mark Takano (D-Calif.):
“All talk, no action.”
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 14, 2017
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.):
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 14, 2017
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.):
I never ever contemplated attending the inauguration or any activities associated w/ @realDonaldTrump. I wouldn’t waste my time.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) January 15, 2017
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.):
— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) January 15, 2017
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.):
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.”