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3 Texas Democratic Congressmen Boycotting Trump Inauguration

Three Democratic U.S. Representatives say they will boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington on Friday.

Reps. Al Green and Joaquin Castro were the first to announce they were skipping the ceremony. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced Tuesday afternoon he was also planning to skip the event.

They are joining around 50 House Democrats nationwide in skipping Trump's swearing-in. More Texas congressional Democrats may yet follow suit.

Green, who represents much of southwestern Houston, and Castro, of San Antonio, both hail from safely Democratic districts.

In a statement, Castro said Trump "has shown an utter lack of respect for so many Americans."

Castro cited Trump's "attack on civil rights hero John Lewis," a Democratic congressman from Georgia who Trump attacked over the weekend after Lewis questioned Trump's legitimacy as president.

Green also cited Trump's reaction to Lewis in saying he too was planning to skip the inauguration.

Doggett said he was skipping the inauguration to send a message to the president-elect that respect is a two-way street.

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