Local politicians opt out of presidential inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation's next leader on Friday, but there are dozens of congressional leaders choosing to avoid the festivities altogether.



One reason Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke says she's avoiding the ceremony is because of the Russian hacking debacle. She also cites the background of Trump's Cabinet nominees -- a sentiment shared by Bronx Congressman Adriano Espaillat.



A number of local leaders also took to Twitter to decline the invite as well, including Reps. Jerry Nadler and Jose Serrano.



It's no secret the president-elect has taken a liking to social media, and it's been a source of contention for Clarke, citing the public feud between Trump and Georgia Rep. John Lewis.



Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez will be focusing on other matters during the inauguration, such as the Women's March.



Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has not yet decided whether he will attend.



Clarke says that although she will miss the inauguration, she is committed to serving as the voice of her district when Trump officially takes office.


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