Congressman Yarmuth will boycott Trump inauguration

01/17/2017 09:23 AM

Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democratic Congressman will be sitting out the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

In a statement issued Monday evening, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said it’s not his intention to protest the election results, but rather a statement of “respect” that led to his decision not to participate in the transition of power.

“I will not be attending the inauguration because I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with the President-elect himself,” Yarmuth said.

“For the last ten weeks, President-elect Trump has continually denigrated the office of the President by using his bully pulpit for insult and ridicule,” Yarmuth continued. “Since he made his ignorant comments about Congressman John Lewis this weekend, I have heard dismay from hundreds of constituents.”

Lewis, the civil rights icon, was among the first Democratic Congressman to call Trump an illegitimate president after Russian hacking concerns, and said he would not be attending the inauguration for the first time in three decades.

Trump responded back via Twitter, saying Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”

The feud with Lewis is not Trump’s first. As Yarmuth pointed to in his statement there have been multiple other high profile feuds and statements which have caught the ire of the Democratic Congressman’s constituents.

“Thousands more have contacted me over the past months regarding his shameful remarks about women, the disabled, immigrants, and countless others — as well as his continued praise of a hostile foreign leader.”

“This is not normal,” Yarmuth said. “It is an embarrassment to our country and to the office of the presidency, and we must send the message that this behavior is not acceptable from the leader of our nation. Not attending the Inauguration is one way for me to do that.”

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