Representative Mike Capuano Wednesday added his name to the list of Democrats so concerned about Donald Trump and his presidency that they have decided to sit out the inauguration.
“While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural,” the Somerville Democrat wrote on Twitter.
While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural
— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) January 18, 2017
Instead, he says, he plans to open his doors to constituents at his Cambridge office on Friday, the day of the ceremony, from 8-10 a.m. Trump’s swearing-in is at noon.
“So many of you have contacted my office to raise concerns about the future of our great country I wanted the opportunity to hear from you,” Capuano wrote on Twitter. “Please spread the word to anyone you think might want to stop by.”
In doing so, he’s following the lead of a list of more than 60 Democrats around the country. He is the second delegate from Massachusetts to do so, joining Rep. Katherine Clark, who was among the first to declare she would boycott the ceremony.
He tells the Globe, through a spokesman, that the final straw for him was the president-elect’s sparring with Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who made waves when he said he did not think Trump would be a “legitimate president.”
The rest of the state’s political big-wigs on the invite list, though, are heading to Washington.
Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren both plan to attend. Warren this week seemed noncommittal on whether she thought Trump was a “legitimate” president, saying that she respected Lewis’ right to raise questions about Trump, and about Russia’s involvement in the election. Under pressure, according to the Globe, she would only say that Trump had won. Markey, meanwhile, said he would be there as a matter of principle. “I will attend because I believe the peaceful transfer of power is an important institutional message to send to the rest of the world,” Markey says. So far, no senators have said they would take part int he boycott.
Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican but a Trump critic, says he will attend. He’s also going to the Indiana Inaugural Ball as a guest of Mike Pence.
Mayor Marty Walsh, who is in D.C. for a mayors’ conference, will be in Boston on Friday. He will also attend an anti-Trump march in Boston the next day.
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