The number of Congress members who won’t attend Donald Trump’s inauguration has surpassed 40

The list of members of congress who are planning to skip the inauguration keeps getting longer.
The list of members of congress who are planning to skip the inauguration keeps getting longer.
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This item has been updated and corrected.

Since Friday, when congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis announced he won’t participate to Donald Trump’s inauguration, the list of members of congress following his lead has grown to 45 (including 5 who haven’t necessarily declared they won’t attend as a sign of protest).

In an interview aired by NBC news on its Sunday “Meet the Press” show, said of Trump, “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president” due to alleged Russian hacks that resulted in the release of internal emails of the Democratic National Committee.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected,” said Lewis, announcing that he would not take part to the inauguration for the first time since his election to congress. “It’s going to be very hard, very difficult for me” to work with Trump.

True to character, Trump responded to Lewis on Twitter, saying he should stop complaining about the election results, and “focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!” Also true to form, other elected officials threw their support behind Lewis, following his lead to say, they, too, would boycott Trump’s inauguration.

Here is a running list of those who say they won’t attend:

Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat, Illinois

Gutiérrez announced in December he would skip the inauguration. He plans to instead attend the Women’s March planned for Jan. 21.

“I could not look at my wife, my daughters or my grandson in the eye if I sat there and attended as if everything that candidate Donald Trump had said about The women, about The Latinos, or The Blacks, The Muslims or any of the other things he said in his speeches and Tweets – that any of that is OK or erased from my memory,” the congressman wrote on his site.

Raul Grijalva, Democrat, Arizona

Grijalva said he, too, will skip the inauguration “as an individual act, yes, of defiance at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration.”

Nydia Velazquez, Democrat, New York

Like Gutiérrez, Velazquez will forgo the inauguration in favor of the march of Jan. 21.

Adriano Espaillat, Democrat, New York

The first formerly undocumented immigrant to be elected to Congress, Espaillat said on his Facebook page that he would not be attending the inauguration. “Donald Trump and the hate-filled rhetoric that plagued his election simply will continue in his administration,” he wrote.

Barbara Lee, Democrat, California

“I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House,” Lee wrote in a press release published Jan. 12. “On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance,” she added.

Katherine Clark, Democrat, Massachusetts

On Jan. 5, Clark announced her decision not to attend the inauguration. She said despite her respect for the office of the president, she didn’t find Trump’s conduct post the election to be in line with his promise to be a president for all Americans. “After discussions with hundreds of my constituents,” said Clark, “I do not feel that I can contribute to the normalization of the president-elect’s divisive rhetoric by participating in the inauguration.”

Jared Huffman, Democrat, California

“I do accept the election results and support the peaceful transfer of power, but it is abundantly clear to me that with Donald Trump as our President, the United States is entering a dark and very dangerous political chapter,” Huffman wrote on Facebook on Jan. 7, announcing his decision not to attend the inauguration. “I will do everything I can to limit the damage and the duration of this chapter, and I believe we can get through it. But I will not sit passively and politely applaud as it begins,” he explained.

Mark deSaulnier, Democrat, California

With a video message posted on Twitter, congressman deSaulnier explained he finalized his decision as he has failed to see in Trump “a belief in common American decency and a respect of law.”

Yvette Clarke, Democrat, New York

In solidarity with Lewis, Clarke announced on Jan. 14 that she, too, will skip the inauguration.

Mark Takano, Democrat, California

Takano shared his decision on Twitter on Jan. 14 as a display of support for Lewis.

Ted Lieu, Democrat, California

“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,” Lieu wrote in a statement published on Jan. 14, listing Trump’s remarks against Lewis as well as gold star parent Khizr Khan and veteran John McCain.

“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 wrote.

Maxine Waters,  Democrat, California

John Conyers, Democrat, Michigan

According to CNN, Conyers has confirmed his intention to not attend the inauguration ceremony.

Kurt Schrader, Democrat, Oregon

While he will be up for collaborating with Trump when he is making right decisions for Americans, Schrader cited the weather in his decision not to attend the inauguration. “I respectfully decline to freeze my ass out there in the cold for this particular ceremony,” he said. The weather in DC is forecast to be rainy and a relatively warm 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Earl Blumenauer, Democrat, Oregon

“Here is a person who ran a campaign that is the antithesis of everything I’ve worked for in public service,” Blumenauer said of Trump, saying for the first time in two decades he won’t attend the inauguration as it wouldn’t be a “productive use of my time.”

*Peter DeFazio, Democrat, Oregon

DeFazio, too, won’t attend the ceremony, although not because Trump was elected. Avoiding “pomp and circumstance events in Washington,” is typical for him, he declared.

William Lacy Clay, Democrat, Missouri

Though Clay has told the St. Louis Post that he plans to give president Trump a chance if his decisions “are in the best interest of my constituents in St. Louis, and working families across this country,” he announced on Jan. 13  through a spokesperson that he will not go to Washington, DC, for the inauguration, instead spending the day speaking with school kids in his district.

José Serrano, Democrat, New York

Serrano, who represents the Bronx, announced his decision to not attend the inauguration on Twitter, saying Trump doesn’t respect his constituency.

Keith Ellison, Democrat, Minnesota

Ellison, who hopes to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on Twitter on Jan. 16 that “The time is always right to do what is right,” the Representative from Minnesota tweeted. “And in the face of so much hate, the right thing to do is reject it.”

Update: Here are the congressmen who have announced their non-attendance plans since Jan. 14.

(* indicates Congress members who are not attending, although have not made statements saying it’s in sign of protest against Trump.)

Zoe Lofgren, Democrat, California

Judy Chu, Democrat, California

Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democrat, California

Karen Bass, Democrat, California

*Juan Vargas, Democrat, California

*Grace Napolitano, Democrat, California

John Yarmuth, Democrat, Kentucky

Keith Ellison, member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, Minnesota

Anthony G. Brown, Democrat, Maryland

Chellie Pingree, Democrat, Maine

Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democrat, New Jersey

Marcia Fudge, Democrat, Ohio

Dwight E. Evans, Democrat, Pennsylvania

Brendan Boyle, Democrat, Pennsylvania

Mark Pocan, Democrat, Wisconsin

Jerry Nadler, Democrat, New York

Pramila Jayapal, Democrat, Washington

John Conyers, Democrat, Michigan

Don Beyer, Democrat, Virginia

Steve Cohen, Democrat, Tennessee

Darren Soto, Democrat, Florida

Raul Ruiz, Democrat, California

Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat, New Hampshire

*Adam Smith, Democrat, Washington

*Frederica Wilson, Democrat, Florida

Correction: John Lewis is a representative, not a senator.