US POLITICS

Trump Spurned By Dozens In Congress Not Attending Inauguration

At least 71 Democrat representatives will not be attending the inauguration

US POLITICS
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Jan 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM ET

At least 701members of Congress won’t be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump, most of them to protest that a man who has offended them, their colleagues, and/or their constituents is about to become one of the most powerful people in the world. Most announced they were refusing to go after Trump attacked Rep. John Lewis over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

All of the boycotters are Democrats from the House of Representatives; so far no Republican nor a senator from any party has joined them, though several have expressed their serious concerns about Trump. And some of the people who are not attending have said they are not doing so as a protest, but rather because they have previous commitments, are recovering from surgery, or just don’t attend such events as a matter of course. At least one, Louise Slaughter, has said that she won’t attend the inauguration itself but will attend other inauguration events.

Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer seemingly shrugged off the announced absences, saying on Tuesday that the tickets for the lawmakers’ “great seats” would just go to other people.

According to the Sacramento Bee, this may be the largest boycott of a presidential inauguration in history, but, Senate historian Betty Koed told the paper, about 100 congresspeople usually skip inaugurations for various reasons.

Here are the names of the people who have said they are not attending:

Alabama
Terri Sewell

Arizona
Ruben Gallego
Raúl Grijalva

California
Karen Bass
Tony Cárdenas
Judy Chu
Mark DeSaulnier
Jared Huffman
Barbara Lee
Ted Lieu
Zoe Lofgren
Alan Lowenthal
Jerry McNerney
Grace Napolitano
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Raul Ruiz
Mark Takano
Juan Vargas
Maxine Waters

D.C.
Eleanor Norton

Florida
Alcee Hastings
Darren Soto
Frederica Wilson

Georgia
John Lewis

Illinois
Luis Gutiérrez
Dan Lipinsky
Mike Quigley
Jan Schakowsky
Pete Visclosky

Kentucky
John Yarmuth

Maine
Chellie Pingree

Maryland
Anthony G. Brown
Jamie Raskin

Massachusetts
Michael Capuano
Katherine Clark

Michigan
John Conyers Jr.

Minnesota
Keith Ellison

Mississippi
Bennie Thompson

Missouri
Lacy Clay

New Hampshire
Carol Shea-Porter

New Jersey
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Donald Payne Jr.
Albio Sires

New York
Yvette Clarke
Adriano Espaillat
Grace Meng
Jerry Nadler
José E. Serrano
Louise Slaughter
Nydia Velázquez

North Carolina
Alma Adams
G.K. Butterfield

Ohio
Marcia Fudge

Oregon
Earl Blumenauer
Peter DeFazio
Kurt Schrader

Pennsylvania
Brendan Boyle
Robert A. Brady
Mike Doyle
Dwight Evans

Tennessee
Steve Cohen

Texas
Joaquin Castro
Lloyd Doggett
Al Green
Filemon Vega

Virginia
Don Beyer
Gerald Connolly
Donald McEachin

Washington
Pramila Jayapal
Adam Smith

Wisconsin
Mark Pocan