10th Congressional District / New York State / January 19, 2017

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

On Monday, January 16, I announced that I would not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Given the honored and revered history of this event to our country, celebrating the peaceful transfer of power between political opponents, this is not a decision I undertook lightly.\It is my belief that the rhetoric and actions of Donald Trump have been so far beyond the pale, so disturbing and disheartening, and his continued failure to address his conflicts of interest, to adequately divest or even to fully disclose his financial dealings, or to sufficiently separate himself from the ethical misconduct that legal experts on both side of the aisle have identified, that I cannot in good conscience participate.

We cannot normalize Donald Trump, and we certainly cannot turn our heads and ignore such a threat to the institutions and values of our democracy. His refusal to adequately address his business conflicts of interest, to show remorse for the inflammatory rhetoric in which he engaged during his campaign, his attempts to intimidate the press, and his continuing failure to demonstrate any interest in uniting Americans reveal a deep disrespect for the office of President. I refuse to sit idly by as he flaunts his illicit behavior without regard for the American people's interest. I refuse to abide any effort to undermine a free and independent press, which serves a pivotal role in any democratic system and whose rights are guaranteed by our Constitution. I refuse to applaud for a man with a history of offensive and abusive behavior to women and minorities. I refuse to treat January 20, 2017, as business as usual.For these reasons, I have no interest in participating in the inauguration ceremony of Donald J. Trump.

Sincerely,

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

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