Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) initially said he would attend Donald Trump's inauguration Friday out of respect for the office, but said Wednesday he changed his mind after seeing Trump's comments on Twitter over the weekend about civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
“President-elect Trump’s recent attacks on Rep. John Lewis were beyond the pale and served as a tipping point which made me re-evaluate my original intention to attend," Lowenthal said in a statement. “On inauguration day, our nation invests the president-elect with executive power. We do not anoint the president with respect. Respect must be earned. Donald Trump, in his attacks on Rep. Lewis, and minorities, and women, and the disabled, has yet done little to earn my respect."
The incoming president's comment that Lewis, who is called the "conscience of the House" and was beaten repeatedly while protesting for civil rights, is “all talk … no action” drew the ire of dozens of Democrats who now say they will skip Friday's festivities. Lowenthal is the 16th Californian to announce he will not attend.