Over 60 Politicians Are Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration

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)

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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)

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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)

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After much thought and consideration, the first Mexican-American woman to serve in Congress is also sitting out the inauguration.

John Kerry (D)

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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)

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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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Here's The Portion Of Trump's Inauguration Speech That People Keep Talking About


Here’s The Portion Of Trump’s Inauguration Speech That People Keep Talking About

No one would claim that Donald Trump’s campaign to become the 45th President of the United States was politics as usual. As a candidate, Trump relied heavily on “us vs. them” rhetoric. However, there’s a difference between the kind of language a candidate uses during a campaign and the kind they use once they’ve been elected. Many people expected that once Trump was elected, the gravity of the job would temper his penchant for divisive language, bringing about a more “presidential” Trump who would preach a message of unity. Today, during the inauguration, President Trump he painted a picture of a failing America that would finally be given back to the American people. Where have we heard this before?

Oh yeah, Bane! A portion of Trump’s speech, as many on social media pointed out, sounded remarkably like Bane from the “Dark Knight Rises.”

Both Bane and Trump made a promise that they were giving power back to the people. Depending on your point of view, President Trump’s message could either be interpreted as reassuring, or possibly a little too “Baney.” I can’t quite remember the Dark Knight Rises turned out for Bane, but I think everything turned out okay, right?

READ: Quiz: Can You Guess Who’s Performing At Trump’s Inauguration Events?

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