ANGUS KING: Skip Trump's Inauguration Ceremonies
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Dear Senator King,
As a show of solidarity with Rep. John Lewis and 26 other Congressmen and women in the House, including Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree, we are asking you to skip the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on January 20th.
President-Elect Trump has clearly demonstrated his intention to trash democratic norms in this country by failing to conduct himself in an ethical manner or holding the party he represents to the ethics standards long adhered to by both parties. He has shown that he is incapable of tolerating dissent by threatening those who are critical of him, be they journalists, other politicians, or protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. Trump has fueled hateful and divisive rhetoric, enabling a massive spike in hate crimes which he has still not acknowledged or addressed. And he continues to profit from his impending job title by pursuing business deals both domestically and abroad, in contradiction to his recent promises and even the most basic standards of ethical behavior on the part of elected officials.
We applaud your decision to support Hillary Clinton in the election, the choice of the American people for President by a margin of nearly 3 million votes, in addition to the criticisms you have leveled at Trump and his choices for Cabinet positions thus far. However, we believe that these actions do not go far enough in calling out the soon-to-be President of the United States for the gross offenses he presents to decent Americans of all ages, genders, races, and religions.
Refusing to attend the inaugural ceremonies of President-Elect Trump sends a powerful, symbolic message that will be heard by our friends and allies around the world. It sends the message that there are limits to what we Americans will accept as 'legitimate' actions on our behalf, it shows solidarity with the the important role of 'dissent' in our politics, and it tells Trump and other lawmakers that we will not simply fall in line with a demagogue who is inherently threatening to our American democratic tradition.
Please, join us in resisting Trump and his threatening agenda by skipping the upcoming inaugural proceedings.
The undersigned residents of the State of Maine, your constituents, and other supporters of a decent, inclusive American politics.
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