Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott.
In a taped interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Friday, Lewis said he would not be attending the inauguration because he believes Trump is not a “legitimate president.” That provoked an early-morning Twitter tirade from Trump in which he dismissed the civil rights icon as “all talk, talk, talk.”
The criticism of Lewis prompted other members of the House Democratic Caucus to announce that they would skip the inauguration, too, out of solidarity with Lewis. Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez were among the first to announce they’d skip the inauguration, well before Lewis’ comments. They’re now being joined by Democrats from across the country, most of whom represent reliably blue districts.
Here’s a list of the Democrats who have announced they will not attend, with those who most recently announced closer to the top.
California Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Respect must be earned. Read my statement on not attending inauguration. https://t.co/Bf88ZFJGsd
Texas Rep. Filemon Vela made a last-minute decision not to attend, in part, because Trump did not include a Hispanic in his Cabinet.
Massachusetts Rep. Michael E. Capuano said Wednesday that instead of attending the inauguration, he would be holding an open-house meeting in his district.
Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky:
I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will boycott this Friday’s Inauguration. pic.twitter.com/5HZt70ZFm9
New York Rep. Grace Meng:
Virginia Rep. A. Donald McEachin said Wednesday afternoon that his train ticket to D.C. for the inauguration will go unused. “I’m not sure what there is to celebrate,” he said.
After much thought and prayer, I will not attend the inauguration this Friday. https://t.co/IK5blOtoQ7
— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) January 18, 2017
Alabama Rep. Terri A. Sewell said Wednesday the “blatant disrespect” toward Lewis dissuaded her from attending. But she called for healing moving forward.
Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly released a statement on Wednesday saying that he “cannot” attend Trump’s ceremony.
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) January 18, 2017
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego posted messages on social media channels, calling for supporters to oppose “Trump’s bigotries — birther conspiracies, attacks on Gold Star parents & civil rights heroes.”
We must stand against Trump’s bigotries- birther conspiracies, attacks on Gold⭐️ parents & civil rights heroes. I won’t attend inauguration.
New York Rep. Louise M. Slaughter will be skipping the inauguration, a spokesman told the (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle, but the congresswoman will attend other events, including the post-inauguration luncheon.
California Rep. Jerry McNerney told The (Stockton) Record on Monday he had a scheduling conflict that prevented him from attending, and that his absence wasn’t a protest. But on Tuesday night, he released a new statement saying, “The election of Mr. Trump lacks legitimacy.”
Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson will remain in his district this weekend. An aide told The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger that “Mr. Trump’s recent insensitive and foolish remarks about civil rights hero John Lewis were far beneath the dignity of the office of the president.”
Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin said in a statement Tuesday, “These are not normal times and I cannot pretend as if they are.” His decision not to attend is a change. On Sunday, he told Bethesda Magazine it was his “constitutional duty to be there.”
New Jersey Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. said in a Tuesday evening statement that he “will not celebrate [Trump’s] swearing-in to an office that he has proven unfit to hold.”
Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett:
I will not be attending the inauguration this Friday. Read my statement here. pic.twitter.com/4gt6AA4u16
Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings:
I will be boycotting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. See my full statement here: https://t.co/p9F5dqoDl4
California Rep. Juan Vargas:
I will not be attending the Inauguration. Instead, I will be praying for our country and for our community with the people of my district.
Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley’s spokeswoman said Tuesday the congressman “fully supports the peaceful transfer of power but has chosen to spend the district workweek with those who have elected him,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski’s spokesman said the congressman “prefers working in his district and spending time with his wife to watching the inauguration ceremony and attending parties in Washington.”
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle:
I’m going to #StandWithJohnLewis. I won’t attend the Inauguration on Friday.
California Rep. Tony Cárdenas said on Tuesday that he won’t attend the inauguration. Instead, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, he and his wife will participate in an hour of meditation. “While Donald Trump is being sworn in, I think a good use of my time is to promote positivity,” he said in a Wednesday statement.
North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams:
Today I released the following statement about the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/gJsFkO55Me
— Alma S. Adams (@RepAdams) January 17, 2017
Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying he wouldn’t attend the inauguration but would be in Washington, D.C., on Friday to greet constituents. “I respect their choice to attend,” he said.
I will not attend this year’s inauguration ceremony. Here’s why: https://t.co/APvdTrSsMV
North Carolina Rep. G. K. Butterfield:
After prayerful consideration, I cannot in good conscious attend the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump. (1/3)
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) January 17, 2017
Texas Rep. Al Green said in a statement that he would not “attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do.”
New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is the rare Democrat from a district that Trump won to announce she won’t attend:
Instead of going to the Inauguration, I’ll go to religious services to pray for all of our leaders and people, then will serve my district.
Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan F. Boyle:
Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth:
I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with the President-elect himself. My statement: pic.twitter.com/l8eitaourD
Virginia Rep. Don Beyer:
I just told hundreds of my constituents that I will not be attending the Inauguration Ceremony this coming Friday. Here is what I said: pic.twitter.com/YLJz5OWjXe
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 16, 2017
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler:
The rhetoric + actions of @realDonaldTrump have been so far beyond the pale, I cannot in good conscience participate in this inauguration.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 16, 2017
Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree:
Maryland Rep. Anthony G. Brown:
Skipping Inauguration.@RepJohnLewis a civil rights hero. Enormous responsibility to be POTUS.I respect the office, can’t tolerate disrespect
California Rep. Judy Chu:
After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration.
Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan:
California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard:
— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) January 16, 2017
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison:
I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won’t be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans:
New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat:
I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!
Ohio Rep. Marcia L. Fudge:
Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva:
— azcentral (@azcentral) January 15, 2017
Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal:
New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke:
California Rep. Mark Takano:
“All talk, no action.”
New York Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez:
Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen:
Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson:
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) January 16, 2017
After receiving an overwhelming response on the twitter poll, I’ve decided not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump. pic.twitter.com/ig4kFn0GGH
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) January 17, 2017
California Rep. Maxine Waters:
I never ever contemplated attending the inauguration or any activities associated w/ @realDonaldTrump. I wouldn’t waste my time.
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman:
California Rep. Ted Lieu:
Georgia Rep. John Lewis.
California Rep. Mark DeSaulnier:
It is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the #TrumpInauguration on January 20, 2017.
Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader told Oregon Public Broadcasting on Friday that Trump “hasn’t proved himself to me at all yet, so I respectfully decline to freeze my ass out there in the cold for this particular ceremony.”
New York Rep. José E. Serrano:
California Rep. Barbara Lee:
Inauguration should be a celebration. But we have nothing to celebrate on Jan 20. Instead of attending, I will be organizing. pic.twitter.com/P4whhl91ll
California Rep. Jared Huffman:
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer announced on Jan. 7 that he would not attend: