Southern California congressmen opt out of Trump's inauguration

January 14, 2017
In The News

Two Southern California congressmen have announced they will not attend president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies next week, joining at least 14 other Democrats in Congress who have indicated they will also not be attending the event.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) both cited Donald Trump's Twitter rebuke of Alabama Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.

"All talk, no action."

I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration.

— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) 11:25 AM - 14 Jan 2017

Lieu released a statement Saturday counting several more reasons he will not attend the inauguration. Among them are Trump's rebuke of civil rights activist John Lewis, Sen. John McCain, and Gold Star parents, mothers and fathers of American troops killed in military service.

“I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. 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."

Lieu also wrote in his statement that Trump will be in violation of the Constitution on the day he takes office because of his "massive conflicts of interests he has with his global business holdings." Lieu represents the 33rd district, which covers Malibu, Santa Monica, the South Bay and beach cities down to Palos Verdes.