Donald Trump’s inauguration is shaping up to be a veritable who’s who of politicians that didn’t attend. The list of elected officials who were no-shows grew so much that this might be the largest boycott by congresspeople of a presidential inauguration ever. It’s hard to tell because there is no official record of how many congresspeople attend any given inauguration, but Senate historian Betty Koed says that the Senate Historical Office has no record of a boycott as large as today’s.
More than 60 politicians are missing the inauguration; here are just a few.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia)
In a world full of Donald Trumps, be a John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/0sXO1crdCp
— Taylor Sappington (@IdealsWin) January 18, 2017
The venerated civil rights leader who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. said in an interview with “Meet the Press” that he would not be attending the inauguration and that he does not “see this president-elect as a legitimate president” because of Russian interference in the election.
Rep. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-New York)
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 9, 2017
Once Trump got wind of what Lewis said, he tweeted that Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Soon thereafter, Congresswoman Velázquez announced that she would be boycotting the inauguration in solidarity with Rep. Lewis. The Puerto Rican politician will be at the Women’s March that takes place the day after the inauguration.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California)
I will not be attending the Inauguration. Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/OoPFupQLqq
— Rep. Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) January 17, 2017
After much thought and consideration, the first Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress is also sitting out the inauguration.
John Kerry (D)
I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve this great country as Secretary of State. It has been the honor of my life. Onward. pic.twitter.com/QQ6YEANxCP
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 19, 2017
Kerry is bidding adieu to his gig as the 68th United States Secretary of State and isn’t showing up for Trump’s first day as president. “The secretary will not attend the inauguration,” an official from the State Department told the Washington Examiner.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Illinois)
Gutierrez took to the House floor on January 10th and very eloquently expressed why he will not be attending the inauguration and why he will be attending the Women’s March on January 21st in Washington with his wife, Soraida.
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