Two Gay House Reps to Skip Inauguration; 60 Will Boycott So Far

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Reps. Mark Takano of California and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.

Openly gay Reps. Mark Takano of California and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin will join dozens of other Democratic House members in boycotting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Takano tweeted:

"’All talk, no action.’” I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration.”

Meanwhile Pocan released a statement saying, "I am no longer attending the event. It's time for Donald Trump to start acting like President Trump, not an immature, undignified reality star with questionable friends and a Twitter addiction."

Besides the feud with Lewis, Pocan cited concerns over the Russian hacking and Trump’s handling of his conflicts of interests.

Civil rights icon and current Atlanta area House Rep. John Lewis said on “Meet the Press” on Friday, that he would not attend the inauguration because he believes Trump is not a “legitimate president.”

This prompted a twitter tirade from the president-elect over the weekend attacking back. 

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to...... mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!”

This attack on Lewis prompted other members of Congress to defend Lewis and announce they would skip the inauguration as well. Trump continued the feud Tuesday morning.

“John Lewis said about my inauguration, ‘It will be the first one that I've missed.’ WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he... ‘thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in....he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president.’ Sound familiar! WP.”

So far Takano and Pocan are the only LGBT members of Congress to skip the inauguration.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema have so far ignored the controversy, at least on Twitter.

Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island slammed Trump in multiple tweets throughout the weekend.

“John Lewis is an American hero. You're a fake billionaire who won't release his taxes. Put down Twitter and get serious about governing.”

“Still angered by what I read this morning. @realDonaldTrump's Tweets about @repjohnlewis are beneath the dignity of the Oval Office.”

“All talk? @RepJohnLewis has done more to impact people's lives in a positive way than @realDonaldTrump could ever dream of.”

He also announced he’ll be marching in the “Women’s March on Washington” on January 21.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York tweeted: “My friend @repjohnlewis is an actual civil rights hero. He stands on the right side of history - and I stand with him.”

So far about 60 democratic house reps have announced that they will skip the event. Roll Call and Washington Post is keeping track of the growing list of lawmakers boycotting the inauguration.

 


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