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Three more California members of Congress planning to skip Trump's inauguration, bringing total to 15

 (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)
(Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-Los Angeles) Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) and Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) are joining at least a dozen other California colleagues who are skipping the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

In addition to the 15 California members, dozens of other Democratic members of Congress have announced they won't attend the inauguration. That amounts to more than a quarter of the full delegation.

“My humble and loving parents taught me to live by this saying, ‘Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.’ It means, 'Tell me who you hang out with, and I'll tell you who you are,'" Cárdenas said in a statement Tuesday. "This week I've been thinking a lot about what my parents, family, and constituents would say about the situation I'm facing. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration."

Two of California's Democratic members of Congress remain undecided about whether they'll attend Friday's ceremony, neither for political reasons.

Cárdenas said last week he was struggling to give Trump the deference he would normally extend a president regardless of party, and hadn’t made up his mind.

“I think about all the people that he has offended, over and over, past and present, and it’s painful to think that I would bring myself to actually go out there and sit there and subject myself to him just 50 feet away,” Cárdenas said.

The Los Angeles congressman will instead attend Saturday's Women's March on Washington with his wife and daughter to protest the new administration.

Bass was leaning toward not going last week, and asked her constituents to weigh in on the decision in a Twitter poll.

“I just don’t know that I want to be there,” Bass said. “For us to fly all the way back here, I just don’t know that I’m ready for that.”

Vargas, a former Jesuit missionary, said he will stay home and pray instead.

10:16 a.m.: Updated with additional members of Congress who have announced they will not attend the inauguration.

This post was originally published at 9:30 a.m.

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