As Inauguration Boycott Grows, Brown and Raskin Take Different Paths

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As a result of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, a growing number of Democratic congressional representatives will be boycotting the inauguration. Monday morning, the number was 22. Later Monday, it had risen to 33. Now, mid-morning on Tuesday, it’s up to 44, including Virginia Congressman Don Beyer and Maryland freshman Anthony Brown.

A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday as a protest of Trump’s worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, congressman of Georgia

There are now more than 40 House Democrats — 44, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week. The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk” and should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities.”

Anthony Brown took to Facebook and issued the following statement:

While the number of boycotters is rising, one who apparently won’t be joining the group is Jamie Raskin, who told Lou Peck of Bethesda Magazine he feels obligated to attend.

As an increasing number of his fellow congressional progressive Democrats say they will boycott Friday’s swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park said Sunday that he plans to attend the ceremony, citing “what I see as my constitutional duty to be there.”

In a telephone interview, Raskin—a long-time professor of constitutional law prior to beginning his first term in the House last week—said: “It’s obviously no expression of any political support for the president-elect’s programs. But I’m a constitutional patriot and I think I should be present for the transfer of power. … I also feel that as a local representative and a champion of Congress, I don’t want to run away from this.”

A little over 72 hours to go. Let’s see how many congresscritters decide to stay away. The record appears to be the approximately 80 who boycotted Richard Nixon’s second inaugural in 1973.

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