Reaction To Rep. Gutiérrez’s Speech That He Will Not Attend Inauguration Has Been Overwhelming And Positive
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House on Tuesday, January 10, just as he does once or twice a week when Congress is in session. But this speech, about why he will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump and will attend the Women’s March on January 21, has taken on a life of its own. The video of his speech on Facebook (http://bit.ly/2jvtmb6) has been viewed more than 6.1 million times, with 105,000 “shares,” 544,000 total reactions (likes, comments, etc.) and almost 68,000 comments. The Congressman’s office has received calls from as far away as Australia from Americans and others who support his family’s decision to attend the Women’s March instead of the inaugural ceremonies.
“We usually get a lot of haters calling and trolling the Congressman on Facebook and Twitter because he is Latino and has been outspoken on immigration, guns, Planned Parenthood and other issues,” said Douglas Rivlin, the Congressman’s Director of Communication, “but the response has been overwhelmingly positive to his family’s decision to skip the inauguration. Congressman Gutiérrez apparently articulated what a lot of people are feeling with his comments that Trump’s rhetoric on women, people of color and people of different religions made it such that he did not want to attend the inauguration. So many people have called with their messages of support, especially women. Our phones are ringing off the hook.”
In his January 10 floor speech (http://bit.ly/2jqSpJ6), Rep. Gutiérrez said:
“When the new President denigrates Latinos or Mexicans or immigrants as drug-dealers and criminals, I want to be able to say I did not condone or allow that type of speech to go mainstream; That was not normalized on my watch. Because the future President said the American-born children of immigrants were not capable of being American judges, I cannot sit there at his inauguration as if that is OK and I forgive him.”
Congressman Gutiérrez first announced he would not attend the inauguration ceremonies while speaking on CNN’s New Day on December 2 (http://cnn.it/2jGpotz and http://bit.ly/2jvBs3k). Since then, dozens of House Democrats have announced their plans not to attend the inauguration. The Congressman has more than 543,000 total page likes for his Facebook account, the most among all House Democrats, with 28,000 added since January 10. The Congressman and his wife plan to participate in the Women’s March (https://www.womensmarch.com/) on January 21.
Rep. Gutiérrez is beginning his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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