There are quite a few Democratic lawmakers who added their names to the list of people boycotting this inauguration. Will we miss them? Our bet is no, we won’t.
At least 26 Democratic lawmakers, including five from New York, have said they will boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, pointing to the President-elect’s weekend attack on civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
New York City Democratic Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Jerrold Nadler and Jose Serrano all revealed over the weekend their plans to ditch the quadrennial event, citing Trump’s insults of Lewis and the general negative tenor of Trump’s campaign.
“Given the tone of the campaign, Rep. Velazquez didn’t think it appropriate to attend the inauguration and made that decision weeks ago,” the congresswoman’s office told the Daily News Sunday. “She will spend her time elsewhere on events like the Women’s March.”
“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder against anyone (@realDonaldTrump) who seeks to deny our humanity. #boycotttrump,” fellow congresswoman Clarke, who represents central Brooklyn, tweeted Sunday.
“When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America,” Clarke wrote a day earlier.
Nadler, who will appear on CNN Monday morning to discuss his decision, tweeted Saturday that Trump “stands with V. Putin. I stand with @repjohnlewis.”
In a Facebook post Saturday evening, Espaillat, wrote, “many have given their lives and dedicated their lives to working to fulfill Dr. King’s dream and make it a reality, and it is up to us to preserve his legacy and the legacy of President Barack Obama.”
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 14, 2017