The inauguration of Donald Trump is less than a week away. While Trump was elected by millions of Americans, he lost the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by at least 3 million votes. That is hardly a mandate, and many Democratic lawmakers have stated their intentions, in public, to not attend Trump’s inauguration.
The Democrats who won’t be attending are numerous. They included Congressman John Lewis who said, You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.” Congressman Mark Takano Tweeted, “All talk, no action.’ I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration.” Congresswoman Yvette Clarke joined the boycott via Twitter as well when she wrote, “I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.”
More and more Democrats joined the chorus line of anti-Trump. Congressman Ted Lieu said in a statement:
For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.
Congressman Raul Grijalva gave an eloquent reasoning as to why he won’t attend the inauguration:
I will not be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump as our next president. My absence is not motivated by disrespect for the office or motivated by disrespect for the government that we have in this great democracy, but as an individual act, yes, of defiance at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration, and the actions we are taking in this Congress.
In a bit of humor Congressman Kurt Schrader said:
I’m just not a big Trump fan. I’ve met the guy and never been impressed with him. I’ll do my best to work with him when I think he’s doing the right thing for the country. But he 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.
If Trump was hoping for a smooth transition, and for Democrats to be willing to work with his administration he clearly has another thing coming. The world will find out what will happen after Trump’s presidency becomes official at exactly noon on January 20th.