WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Newly-elected Rep. Adriano Espaillat joins the legions of officials boycotting the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump.
Espaillat, who became the first Dominican-American elected to Congress in November, said he won’t be attending the inauguration on Sunday afternoon, after President-Elect Donald Trump attacked Rep. John Lewis via a series of tweets.
I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 15, 2017
Several New York officials have announced they’re boycotting the inauguration, the New York Daily News reports, adding to a list of Democrats from across the country.
Espaillat did not respond to a request to comment on his decision to not attend the event.
Espaillat spent Saturday at the #WeShallNotBeMoved March in Washington D.C. with other elected officials, including state Sen. Marisol Alcantara and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who organized the event as part of the National Action Network (NAN).
The event was organized, according to the NAN website, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “to put the next Administration (and the nation) on notice that there are some things that will not be changed no matter who is president and what party dominates the House and Senate.”
Several residents congratulated and applauded Espaillat’s announcement, stating they thank the Congressman for “standing on the right side of history.”
.@RepEspaillat TY for standing on the right side of history on January 20! We stand with you!— noelle (@planetnurse) January 15, 2017
Espaillat held three town halls on Sunday to talk to residents in the Bronx, Harlem and Northern Manhattan about the Affordable Care Act and how the upcoming changes could impact residents.