BREAKING: DEMOCRATS GOING WILD PROTESTING TRUMP INAUGURATION
Some members have said they will be protesting in Washington and in their districts instead.
Responding to a question from CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that he believed the boycotts were “a reflection of the division in the country right now” and said members of Congress are “freer to express their opinion” than administration officials.
Asked if members of the Obama administration would boycott the inauguration if they could, Earnest said he “wouldn’t speculate on what people around here would say.”
Here’s a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won’t be at Friday’s ceremony:
Georgia Rep. John Lewis
The civil rights icon declared last week that he would boycott the event because he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate” president in light of Russian interference.
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong,” Lewis told NBC News
Trump harshly responded
Saturday, calling Lewis “all talk” and “no action” and saying he should focus more on “fixing and helping” his district rather than “complaining” about the Russia’s role.
Texas Rep. Al Green
“I will not attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do,” Green said in a statement, referencing Martin Luther King, Jr. in his decision.
California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
“I thought long and hard about attending the Inauguration because I value our democracy and respect the office of the presidency, regardless of party. However, the disparaging remarks the President-elect has made about many groups, including women, Mexicans, and Muslims, are deeply contrary to my values. As a result, I will not be attending the Inauguration,” Roybal-Allard said in a statement Sunday.
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,” Ellison, who is running for chairman of the Democratic National