Trump Spurned By Dozens In Congress Not Attending Inauguration
At least 71 Democrat representatives will not be attending the inauguration
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:
Anthony G. Brown
John Conyers Jr.
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Donald Payne Jr.
José E. Serrano
Robert A. Brady