SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Tuesday, Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA) released the following statement on his decision to attend the upcoming Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump:
"From the moment he takes office, I want the President-elect to know there are Members in Congress fighting for communities who will be greatly harmed by his misguided policy proposals and we will not be ignored."
"I want him to see the face of a Mexican immigrant newly elected to serve as the first Latino representative for the Central Coast and to know that the many groups he has disparaged and attacked over the course of his campaign have a strong voice in our government."
"I am not attending this inauguration in celebration of a man that I do not respect, but rather to bear witness to our democratic institutions."
"And the next day, I will proudly join many of my colleagues during the Women’s March on Washington to send a clear message to our new President about the values we stand for as a country."
The Presidential Inauguration is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2017.