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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Statement on the Inauguration Ceremony

Jan 17, 2017
Press Release

San Antonio, TX – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement regarding his decision not to attend this year’s inauguration ceremony: 

“Every American should respect the office of the presidency and the fact that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. But winning an election does not mean a man can show contempt for millions of Americans and then expect those very people to celebrate him.  
 
“I come from a family and a place, Texas, where respect is a fundamental value – respect for people regardless of what they look like, where they were born, or whether they share your view of the world. Donald Trump has shown an utter lack of respect for so many Americans. His attack on civil rights hero John Lewis is the latest example. 
 
“I will not attend this year’s inauguration ceremony. However, I will be in Washington to greet constituents who are traveling to our nation's capital for the proceedings. I respect their choice to attend.”

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