Not that anybody really cares, but the list of Dems who have decided to boycott the inauguration, on various grounds, is growing. Too bad. It’s going to be quite the party!
The Hill lists the dems losing out on the fun:
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)
Gutiérrez was the first lawmaker to say he’d boycott Trump’s inauguration. Instead, he plans to attend the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
“I cannot go to [the] inauguration of a man who’s going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women and turn back the clock on immigrants and the safety and freedom that we fought for them,” he said on CNN’s “New Day” in December.
Rep. John Conyers (Mich.)
Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, won’t be attending the inauguration, a spokeswoman confirmed Jan. 14. Conyers is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has served in the House since 1965.
Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.)
Clark said she felt her presence at Trump’s inauguration would serve as part of the “normalization” of Trump’s actions.
“I had hoped the President-elect would use the transition period and his appointments to change course and fulfill his promise to be a President for all Americans; however, this has not been the case,” Clark said in a statement on Jan. 5. “After discussions with hundreds of my constituents, I do not feel that I can contribute to the normalization of the President-elect’s divisive rhetoric by participating in the Inauguration.”
Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.)
In a Facebook post on Jan. 7, Huffman said he would “ordinarily” attend a presidential inauguration, regardless of which party was assuming power in the White House.
“However, there is nothing ordinary about this inauguration or the man that will be sworn-in as our next President. I do accept the election results and support the peaceful transfer of power, but it is abundantly clear to me that with Donald Trump as our President, the United States is entering a dark and very dangerous political chapter,” Huffman said.
“I will do everything I can to limit the damage and the duration of this chapter, and I believe we can get through it,” he added. “But I will not sit passively and politely applaud as it begins.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)
Lee said she was disappointed Trump didn’t try to unify the country after running one of the most divisive campaigns in American history.
“Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party,” Lee said in a statement on Jan. 12. “On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance.”
There’s more. Read the rest here.
Can you imagine the squawking that would have ensued if Republicans boycotted Obama’s big day?