67 Democratic Congress Members Planning to Skip Inauguration

The number of lawmakers who will not attend the ceremony Friday keeps growing.

Trump's comments have drawn outrage and messages of support for Lewis from both sides of the aisle. Rep. Yvette Clark, D-N.Y., said in a tweet Saturday that she would not attend the inauguration because of the comments, saying, "When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America."

Democratic Reps. Mark Takano and Judy Chu, both of California, also tweeted Saturday they would be absent as a show of solidarity with Lewis, making them part of the one-third of House Democrats who plan to skip the ceremony. (SEE FULL LIST BELOW)

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin reflected such sentiments in a statement released Sunday morning.

Several more representatives announced their absence at the inauguration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and referred to Lewis.

"President-elect Trump, you have the undeniable right to take issue and disagree with John Lewis' opinion about the legitimacy of the election results," Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat from Maryland, wrote on Facebook Monday. "But Mr. Trump, you need to think carefully about disparaging a civil rights icon such as John Lewis, let alone anyone exercising their freedom of expression that many of us fought for."

Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and John Conyers, D-Mich., did not explicitly mention Lewis in their announcements Saturday but did go public with their decisions on the day of Trump's tweets.

Among those who decided earlier this month not to attend the inauguration, the most common reason was an aversion to normalizing what they see as Trump's divisive rhetoric and agenda.

"When the new president denigrates Latinos or Mexicans or immigrants as drug dealers and criminals, I want to be able to say I did not condone or allow that type of speech to go mainstream. That was not normalized on my watch," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said in a speech on the House floor Jan. 10. "Because the future president said the American-born children of immigrants were not capable of being American judges, I cannot sit there at his inauguration as if that is OK and I forgive him."

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., said on Twitter on Jan. 5 she didn't believe she could "contribute to the normalization of the president-elect's divisive rhetoric by participating in the inauguration."

Trump, however, said in an interview with Fox News that aired this morning: "As far as other people not going, that's okay because we need seats so badly. I hope they give me their tickets. Are they going to give us their tickets? I will give them to other people."

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

  • Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.
  • Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
  • Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
  • Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.
  • Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine
  • Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md.
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
  • Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass.
  • Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J.
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C.
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.
  • Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa.
  • Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa.
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas
  • Rep. Al Green, D-Texas
  • Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
  • Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va.
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
  • Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Ca.
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