Here's a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won't be at the ceremony Friday
Some representatives will be protesting in DC and in their districts instead
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and his rebuke of civil rights icon John Lewis. No senators have yet said they are boycotting, though Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has left open the possibility.
Some members have said they will be protesting in Washington and in their districts instead.
Responding to a question from CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that he believed the boycotts were “a reflection of the division in the country right now” and said members of Congress are “freer to express their opinion” than administration officials.
Asked if members of the Obama administration would boycott the inauguration if they could, Earnest said he “wouldn’t speculate on what people around here would say.”
Here’s a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won’t be at Friday’s ceremony:
Georgia Rep. John Lewis
The civil rights icon declared last week that he would boycott the event because he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate” president in light of Russian interference.
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong,” Lewis told NBC News.
Trump harshly responded Saturday, calling Lewis “all talk” and “no action” and saying he should focus more on “fixing and helping” his district rather than “complaining” about the Russia’s role.
Texas Rep. Al Green
“I will not attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do,” Green said in a statement, referencing Martin Luther King, Jr. in his decision.
California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
“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,” Roybal-Allard said in a statement Sunday.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison
“I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won’t be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration,” Ellison, who is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted Monday.
Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen
“I would love to attend the inauguration. I’m a member of Congress through your votes. Thank you,” Cohen told WMC Action News 5. “I value our government. I appreciate it greatly. This president semi-elect does not deserve to be President of the United States. He has not exhibited the characteristics and the values that we hold dear.”
California Rep. Mark Takano
“‘All talk, no action.’ I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration,” Takano tweeted Saturday.
New York Rep. Yvette Clarke
“I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.”
California Rep. Ted Lieu
“For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis,” Lieu said in a statement released by his office.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler
He announced his decision on CNN’s “New Day” and then issued a statement: “The rhetoric and actions of Donald Trump have been so far beyond the pale – so disturbing and disheartening – and his continued failure to address his conflicts of interest, to adequately divest or even to fully disclose his financial dealings, or to sufficiently separate himself from the ethical misconduct that legal experts on both side of the aisle have identified have been so offensive I cannot in good conscience participate in this honored and revered democratic tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.”
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva
“I will not be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump as our next president,” the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair said Friday on the House floor. “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 thi