January 14, 2017
Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on his decision to not attend Donald Trump’s Inauguration on January 20, 2017.

“I respect Members of Congress who choose to attend the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump or choose not to, just as I respect Members of Congress who attended or did not attend the two Inaugurations of President Barack Obama.  I view this as a personal decision because no votes are being taken and no policies will be enacted at this ceremony.  While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made.”

“Trump--who lost the popular vote--has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements.  In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis.”

“Trump has made statements denigrating the patriotic and professional men and women of our intelligence services, many of whom risk their lives in service to our nation.  He also continues to believe Vladimir Putin over our intelligence services and is actively misleading the American people when he denies Putin ordered a brazen, multifaceted cyberattack on America to benefit Trump.”

“On January 20, Trump will be in violation of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution because of the massive conflicts of interests he has with his global business holdings.  That provision of the Constitution was designed to prevent foreign influence over American elected officials.  Trump can cure this Constitutional defect by divesting his holdings or putting them into a blind trust, but so far has been unwilling to do so. “

“Can a man such as Trump have a good idea?  The answer is yes.  And if the next Administration has a good policy, such as withdrawing from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership, I will support it.  But if Trump has unconstitutional or bad ideas, such as creating a registry based on religion or gutting Social Security and Medicare, I will oppose them.”

 “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."