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Luis Gutierrez, Democratic congressman, to protest at Trump’s inauguration

Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Friday that he will be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, but to march with protesters against the president-elect’s policies.

In an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” the Illinois Democrat said that he’s attended the inaugurations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, but he is choosing to protest Mr. Trump’s.

“I’m not going to this inauguration, I can’t go to this inauguration, because he continues to spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice even after he said he was going to bring us all together, he was going to unify,” Mr. Gutierrez said.

“But he’s not,” he added. “He continues to spew this kind of hatred. And so I’m not going to be there.”

Mr. Gutierrez said that his wife, however, convinced him to march with protesters during Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

“We’re going to march for $ 15 an hour, we’re going to march with women, for their rights, we’re going to march for the LGBT community,” he said. “We’re not going to allow them to simply turn back the clock. I’m 63 years old in another week — I was born in 1953 — I don’t want to turn back the clock to when women were in the kitchen and gays were in the closet.

“Too many people marched and protested, and we created a society in which there were new voices added to it, and I think [Mr. Trump] just wants to quash those voices,” he said.


Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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