CARIB-AM CONGRESS MEMBERS REFUSE TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

Written by on January 20, 2017

Two Caribbean-American US congress members refused to attend Donald Trump’s U.S. Presidential inauguration.

Yvette D. Clarke of Jamaica descent, and the Dominican Republic-born Adriano Espaillat – both New York Democrats, made the decision in support of fellow congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.

Last week Representative John Lewis – who led civil rights protests alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said that he would not attend the inauguration because Trumps election win was illegitimate due to Russia’s interference.

Trump shot back at Lewis on twitter, saying he should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).”

Via social media, Clarke called Trump a coward and said “When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America”, while Espaillat said he would not be attending the inauguration because of Trump’s “hateful rhetoric”.

Clarke and Espalliat are part of 65 House Democrats who refused to be present as Trump took the oath of office, however California’s newly-elected Senator, Kamala Harris – who also has Jamaican roots was in attendance.


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