Rep. Ted Lieu will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration

January 14, 2017
In The News

South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu said Saturday he will join a contingent of Democrats to boycott this week's presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

Lieu, who represents the coastal South Bay and Westside, will be one of at least 16 Democrats avoiding the ceremony. His decision was announced Saturday, after the president-elect scolded civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, in an early-morning Twitter blast.

"Trump - who lost the popular vote - has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements," Lieu said in an email Saturday.

The congressman accused Trump of being in violation of the U.S. Constitution the minute he takes the oath of office "because of the massive conflicts of interest he has with his global business holdings."

"That provision of the Constitution was designed to prevent foreign influence over American elected officials," he wrote.

Lieu, just named an assistant minority whip in the House of Representatives, said he agrees with Trump on some issues, such as withdrawing from the "flawed Trans-Pacific partnership." But, he said, talk of creating a registry based on religion is unconstitutional.

"For me, the personal decision not to attend the inauguration is quite simple: do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis?"