The inauguration is almost here. On Friday, January 20, President-elect Donald Trump will officially become the 45th president of the United States. It will definitely be a historic event. Still, dozens of Democrats have said, "Pass." Some are unhappy with the way Trump talked about Rep. John Lewis after the Civil Rights veteran called his presidency "not legitimate." Others are just opposed to many of the positions the President-elect has publicly taken, or the policies he has vowed to enact once he takes office. And then there's the one Oregon representative who said he's not going because he straight-up doesn't like the guy. As it currently stands, at least 65 House Democrats have voiced their intention to skip Trump's inauguration. Here are 10 of them.
Rep. John LewisIn an interview with Meet the Press, Lewis told host Chuck Todd that he didn't see Trump as a "legitimate president" and that he wouldn't be joining the inauguration. "It will be the first one that I miss since I've been in Congress," he said. "You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right."
Rep. Barbara LeeLee, a veteran progressive who represents California, announced she wouldn't go to the inauguration last Thursday. "Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance," she said in a statement.
Rep. Pramila JayapalJayapal, who represents the state of Washington, is the first Indian-American woman elected to the U.S. House. She tweeted a message of support to Lewis when Trump began their feud.
Rep. Judy ChuThe California congresswoman, who's the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, said she would skip the inauguration last weekend. "After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration," she tweeted last Saturday. "I stand with those who have fought for us and encourage future leaders to act with inclusion and respect." Earlier this week, she followed her tweet with an official statement on why she's skipping the event.
Rep. Luis GutierrezThe Illinois representative said on the House floor that he's not going to the inauguration because he can't bring himself "to justify morally or intellectually the immense power we are placing in that man’s hands." Gutierrez will instead attend the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. He added, "I want to be able to look my two beautiful Latina daughters and my beautiful half-Puerto Rican, half-Mexican, 100% American grandson in the eye with a clear conscience."