Long Time Supporters Shocked

Carolyn Maloney Angers Roosevelt Island Loyalists With Plans to Attend Trump Inauguration

Updated 3 years ago David Stone
Civil Rights Leaders Meet With President Kennedy. John Lewis can be seen in the back row, to the immediate left of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Leaders Meet With President Kennedy. John Lewis can be seen in the back row, to the immediate left of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By Leffler, Warren K., photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Politically active Roosevelt Islanders reached out to the Daily today to express their frustration with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney's plan to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.

The number of Representatives announcing that they will not attend the inauguration surged when Trump tweeted disparaging remarks about civil rights hero John Lewis, now representing Atlanta in the House. Lewis provoked Trump's ire by saying he does not recognize the legitimacy of Trump's election due to improper influence by Russia that tipped a close contest.

"I am so disappointed she (Rep. Maloney) will not stand in solidarity with civil rights hero John Lewis and 26 other courageous Democrats," said activist Esther Yang.

Especially upsetting is the fact that, even without Maloney, the New York congressional delegation has stood firmest with the boycott. Representatives José Serrano, Jerry Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke have all said they will not attend.

"I will no longer support my Congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney," Yang added, "nor vote for her nor campaign for her or encourage my friends to vote for her."

Yang asks others to email Maloney's staff (Minna.Elias@mail.house.gov) to express concerns. 

Philanthropist and founder of the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International James Luce was quick to react, quoting a letter he already sent to Maloney.

"I am saddened to hear that our dear Representative is respecting Donald Trump enough to attend his inauguration," Luce wrote. 

He went on to say that he was "aghast that she could honor a man who represents everything she is against and who was elected by the power of Russia."

A "decades-long supporter" of Maloney, he asks, "Please let her know that I cannot and will not support a supporter of Donald Trump."

Maloney has answered that she is attending out of "respect for the office and America's tradition of peaceful transfers of power," a position shared by President Obama as well as Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The number of Representatives announcing they will not attend is now up to 30. There is no record of any modern day inaugural protest of this magnitude.

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