- The Washington Times - Friday, January 13, 2017

Rep. Raul Grijalva added his name to the list of lawmakers who plan on skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration next week as the 45th president of the United States.

“I will not be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump as our next president,” Mr. Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, said on the House floor. “My absence is not motivated by disrespect for the office or motivated by disrespect for the government that we have in this great democracy, but as an individual act, yes, of defiance at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration, and the actions we are taking in this Congress.”

Mr. Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, made the announcement as the GOP-controlled House prepared to take the first step toward repealing Obamacare.

He said he would spend his time in his congressional district meeting with seniors, members of the immigrant community and people who are concerned about climate change.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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