Texas Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. of Brownsville and Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen announced to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, joining a long list of Democratic Texan officials who have decided against attending the event.
Vela initially had plans to attend the Jan. 20 ceremony, as he thought it could serve as “a moment of healing and outreach,” but racist remarks from the inauguration attendees and a lack of diversity in the final cabinet selection made him reconsider his decision.
“While visiting Washington, D.C., 40 migrant students from my district were subjected to comments of ‘beaners,’ ‘burritos,’ and ‘wetbacks’ from Inauguration attendees,” Vela wrote in a statement. “One student was even spit on.”
“Then, Donald Trump made his final cabinet selection ensuring that there would be no Hispanic representation in the cabinet for the first time in 36 years,” he added.
Vela previously drew national attention with his open letter to the billionaire baron, saying, "Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up you’re a**.”
“Well, I would have liked to have spoken in a much more diplomatic fashion, but I felt like I had to speak to Donald Trump in language he understands,” the lawmaker remarked in an MSNBC interview.
Vela accused Trump of “repeated acts of disrespect for the 33 million Americans of Hispanic descent,” “encouraging bigotry” and “turning a blind eye to overt racism.”
“The hope that his actions as President would not match his political rhetoric is becoming more and more of a distant dream,” Vela wrote in the statement.
Gonzalez decided against the inauguration because of the lack of Latino representation in the business mogul’s cabinet.
He too, like Vela, planned to attend the inauguration.
“I have accepted the reality that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. The rhetoric needs to stop. And at this point I believe we have the duty to get back to work," he said earlier.
But now his stance has changed.
“As one of more than 56 million Latinos in this country and as the representative for one of the most Hispanic districts in the country, I cannot condone the outright exclusion of our communities – or any community — from the executive branch or any level of government,” Gonzalez stated.
Only time will tell the actual number of people who turned down Trump’ inauguration, not very long ago the future-commander-in-chief was literally begging people to attend his inauguration on Facebook.
He was so desperate to let people know about all the hard work that he has put in for the event that he recently tweeted a picture of himself, “Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration,” read his tweet.
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