U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Charlotte says she will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump, joining a growing list of Democrats who plan to sit out the Friday event.
Adams, who represents North Carolina’s 12th congressional district, released the following statement:
“For many, the election of Donald Trump has sparked very real fears and concerns. In November, the President-elect promised to bridge the divide to help us find common ground. Unfortunately, that promise has not been honored. Instead, President-elect Trump has validated our fears with his cabinet picks, tweets and attacks.
“I cherish our democracy and have a profound respect for the peaceful transition of power. However, I cannot in good faith and consciousness pretend to celebrate the inauguration of someone who has spoken so horribly about women, minorities and the disabled. Instead, I am staying home to continue working toward our priorities and to meet with constituents, many of who are fearful of what lies ahead.
“When inauguration day is done, the real work will begin. We must remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that all North Carolinians have a fair and equal voice.”
Adams joins other Democrats, most notably Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, in refusing to attend the inauguration. Lewis drew Trump’s ire last week when he questioned legitimacy of Trump’s election, noting what the U.S. intelligence community has Russian interference leading up to the November vote.