Maxine Waters on Boycotting Inauguration: 'I Don't Honor or Respect' Trump

January 17, 2017

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), one of a growing number of Democratic lawmakers who will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration, told MSNBC's Tamra Hall on Tuesday that she is joining the boycott because she does not "honor" or "respect" the president-elect.

"After I discovered who Trump is in the way that he conducted himself, I was never going to go to the inauguration," Waters said. "I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events."

More than three dozen Democratic members of Congress have pledged to forgo the inauguration, according to CNN. Among those who will not attend are Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, who recently called Trump's presidency illegitimate, Al Green of Texas, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and Yvette Clark of New York.

The inauguration boycott was initially triggered by Russia's alleged hacking to influence the 2016 election, and was furthered by Trump's tweets rebuking Lewis for his comments when he said he would not attend the inauguration.

For Waters, Trump's general conduct throughout his campaign and afterwards led her to not want to involve herself.

"I don't like, you know, the way he has misled people, the way he has lied. I don't like the way he has disparaged folks," Waters said. "I don't like the way he mimicked and mocked a disabled man. I don't like the way he talked about women and grabbing their private parts."

"There's nothing about him that I would want to be involved with, and certainly the inauguration is a way of welcoming in someone to the presidency and honoring them and respecting them," she continued.

"I don't honor him, I don't respect him, and I don't want to be involved with him."