For example, though we have deep respect for the contributions to the civil rights movement and, indeed, our country of Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, we believe he is wrong in his decision not to attend the inauguration. And Congressman Lewis has been fighting for civil and human rights ever since.
“I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House”, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said last week. “I can not stand idly by while Donald Trump continues to divide our nation and demean our civil rights heroes – like my friend and colleague, John Lewis, whom Trump has spent the last three days attacking”.
At noon on Friday, Mr. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the next stage in a journey as improbable as any in American politics.
Donald Trump infamously again lamented Lewis on Twitter, “It will be the first one that I’ve missed”.
Schumer gave no indication if he would be attending the inauguration.
Indeed, on January 17 – three days after Lewis’ original comment and three days before his inauguration – Trump jumped on the discrepancy in another pair of tweets. “However, the disparaging remarks the president-elect has made about many groups, including women, Mexicans and Muslims, are deeply contrary to my values”. “Donald Trump has shown an utter lack of respect for so many Americans”. It tarnishes the stellar tradition of America in its peaceful transitions of power.
Both US Senators from Massachusetts, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, have confirmed that they will attend Trump’s inauguration.
Capuano and MA congresswoman Katherine Clark are among about 50 House Democrats who have said they will boycott Friday’s ceremonies.
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers plan to take a stand and skip Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump.
Ro Khanna, D- California, told Politico.com, he was attending the inauguration.
“As I indicated, reality has a way of biting back if you’re not paying attention to it”. “And there’s a sense on the part of a lot of people that Republicans were so resistant to anything that Obama wanted that Democrats have no obligation to cooperate with him at all, certainly not in undoing of Obamacare”.