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Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States this Friday, January 20.
Courtesy of Fox News, here are 18 Democrats who say that they will not be in attendance at the event. This number includes a full 20 percent of California's representatives.
In addition to these 18, here are several others who say they won't be there:
After Donald Trump’s attacks against civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, more legislators are rushing to boycott the president-elect’s upcoming inauguration, citing his feud with the Georgia Democrat as the last straw in their decision.
Several announced their plans on social media, including Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, who gave a scathing critique of Mr. Trump as an “immature, undignified reality star with questionable friends and a Twitter addiction.”
Donald Trump's feud with civil rights icon John Lewis is highlighting the president-elect's willingness to attack any and all political rivals even with his inauguration less than a week away.
The Republican billionaire slammed the Democratic congressman - and his Atlanta-area district - on Saturday, a day after Lewis described Trump as an illegitimate president. Lewis, like a handful of Democratic lawmakers, vowed to skip Trump's Friday swearing-in ceremony.
Days before the U.S. holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump has attacked U.S. Representative John Lewis after the civil rights legend said he didn't consider Trump a "legitimate president" because of what he believed were Russia's attempts to help Trump win the presidency.
In a couple of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said instead of criticizing him, the Georgia lawmaker should concentrate on serving his constituents.
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......
The attack, coming just days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seem to have energized a number of Lewis' fellow Democratic lawmakers, as they joined his boycott of the inauguration after Trump's tweet storm.
Below are the Democratic lawmakers who do not plan on attending.
Rep. Raul Grijalva
The Arizona Congressman stood in the House Chamber and explained Friday that he would not remain in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.
"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton," he said. "I don't plan to attend the inauguration… You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong."
Lewis also said he felt there was a "conspiracy" headed by Russia to bring Trump to power.
The president-elect responded over Twitter, telling Lewis to focus on his own "crime infested" district.
There’s a lot Rep. Jared Huffman would rather do than go to Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. So he’s going to stay home.
"I’ll spend that day, and actually several days, in my district doing service events and community events to try to send a positive message with my time rather than sitting passively and applauding while something that I think is very dark and dangerous for our country begins,” said Huffman (D-San Rafael).
A small but growing group of congressmen and women have announced they will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, breaking with generations of past precedent.
In statements explaining their decisions, the members of Congress, who have all been Democrats thus far, cited Trump’s rhetoric on women, Muslims and immigrants, as well as concerns about the role Russian hacking may have played in the presidential election.
Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd District in Los Angeles County, announced Saturday that he will not be attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration following tweets Trump made about civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis.
Lieu is one of at least 16 Democrats who will not be attending the ceremony on Jan. 20. In a statement, he said it was a personal decision and that he doesn't dispute Trump's presidency.