Half Of Brooklyn’s Congressional Delegation Join Boycott Of Inauguration

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The U.S. Navy Band marches on Pennsylvania Avenue during the presidential inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013 after Barack Obama was elected to a second term in office. (Photo: E.J. Hersom / defenseimagery.mil via Creative Commons)

At least half of Brooklyn’s six members in the U.S. House of Representatives will be boycotting the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States later this week.

Democrats Nydia VelazquezJerrold Nadler and Yvette D. Clarke have all stated publicly in recent days that they will not be attending the presidential inauguration. At least 23 members of Congress across the country have said they will boycott the event that marks the peaceful transfer of executive authority.

“I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America,” said Congresswoman Clarke via twitter.

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Clarke, who represents sections of Flatbush, Midwood, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatlands, Sheepshead Bay and Park Slope, was referring to president-elect Trump’s rebuke of Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis this weekend. Lewis stated Friday that he will boycott the inauguration and questions the legitimacy of the Trump presidency because of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“@repjohnlewis is a national hero and I stand with him! I also am not attending inauguration given the tone of @realDonaldTrump’s campaign,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez in a similar vein via twitter.

Velazquez represents North Brooklyn and sections of the Brooklyn waterfront, including Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park. She said that she would be participating in the Women’s March on Washington the following day.

Jerrold Nadler (sections of Manhattan, along with parts of Borough Park, Kensington, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend) told CNN that Trump’s treatment of Lewis was “the last straw” for his decision not to attend Friday’s inauguration.

“I cannot go because of the president-elect’s inflammatory comments, his racist campaign, his conflicts of interest, his refusal to disclose his taxes,” Nadler told CNN.

We were unable to learn whether Democrat Hakeem Jeffries will attend, but over the weekend he stated via twitter that “John Lewis did more for America on 1 day March 7, 1965 than Trump will ever do in his entire lifetime.”

Jeffries represents sections of Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, Canarsie, Coney Island, Mill Basin and Marine Park.

It appears that Democrat Carolyn Maloney (Greenpoint, along with sections of Manhattan and Queens) and the Brooklyn delegation’s only Republican, Dan Donovan (southern Brooklyn and sections of Staten Island), will attend the inauguration.

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  1. I applaud all the Dems and anyone else who boycotts the inauguration. And I agree with Rep. John Lewis on his statement that Trump is an illegitimate president. He got help from the Russians hacking our country. It’s a fact!! He’s a treasonous piece of garbage and I pray the intelligence community releases everything they know about him. He should be impeached asap. #notmypresident #nevertrump

  2. John Lewis did the same to George W. Bush. I think he should accept the fact that President elect Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. We the people voted and chose Donald Trump. Get over it. We put up with Obama for 8 long years good or bad and did not go to these extremes. The silent majority will no longer be silent. Do your jobs and work together or get the hell out. He is legitimate unlike the floored candidate Hillary Clinton who should be in jail and is still walking around.

  3. We the people…he lost by almost 3 million votes. He won because of the antiquated electoral college. Great so you voted for president pussy grabber. Congrats you have a known sexual offender in the white house. She should be in jail? What are you smoking? Only people who should be in jail is FBI director Comey for releasing a report that was found untrue and Herr dictator Trump who’s made millions while not paying people he contracts for jobs, sex offenses, and suckling Putins’ little rubles! Enjoy your commander in treason..he won’t last! Freakin climate change denying asswipe #notmypresident #nevertrump #dicktatorinchief

  4. Yes keep dividing everything. No unity ever! Burn all the bridges! it could be 8 years and these three knuckleheads need a favor for our city and govt goes well Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler and Yvette D. Clarke maybe you should have tried to work together like (insert politician not looking to make unnecessary headline here) so were going to put a pin in that idea you had till a later date. Worry about your communities, not a party in DC that you didn’t get invited to.

  5. And you’re uneducated and likely get your news solely from Fox. Can’t wait til all the dirt comes out that’s barely been released. You’ll be eating your words!!

  6. For all their bluster, the Democrats were unable to win either house of Congress. Their record is Federal and State elections since 2009 is nothing short of abysmal. But, but…it’s the Russians.

    Remember, when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy.

  7. Ok that’s great. So we’re stuck with a lying, cheating, ego maniac who just happens to be a racist, sexist, xenophobic, climate change denying piece of crap. Oh, and he admirers dictators like Putin. Yup, that’s someone the kids and leaders of other nations are really gonna look up to. I wonder how long til we’re in the next world war. And your comment about being delusional when it comes to the Russians hacking our country is ridiculous since our intelligence community has unequivocally stated that it went down. But I guess you’d rather believe emperor Trump over the real people that keep us safe.

  8. Wait, is that the intelligence community which said that Assad was finished? The one that said Iran had halted its nuclear program? Or the one who failed to act upon intelligence in Benghazi?

    Yes, the rank and file of the CIA keep us safe. The politicization of the higher levels of the CIA is shameful.

    The rest of your spewing is really not worth addressing. I’m sure you were the one beating the drum that elections must be respected when you thought HRC was gonna win. The hypocrisy and general childishness of Democrats is so clear for all to see.

    You do understand that Democrats are looking like an absolute joke right?

  9. Pathetic showing from our Congressional delegation. probably will mess this up even with a New Yorker in the White House who wants to spend on infrastructure. Way to cut a deal

  10. Lmao you’re a brain washed tumor full of your own and Trump’s crap!! One shouldn’t shit where they eat!! I’m done with you and your pathetic excuses for validating a lecherous bordering on treasonous illegitimate dictator! #nevertrump #dicktatorinchief #notmypresident #welcometoRussiamerica

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