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Gutierrez: I Can’t Go to Inauguration Because Trump ‘Continues to Spew Hatred, Bigotry and Prejudice’

Friday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) declared he would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration next month because he was conitnuing to spew “hatred, bigotry and prejudice.”

“I’ve been to, let me see, two Clinton inaugurations,” Gutiérrez said. “I’ve been to two of them for Bush. I’ve been to two of them for Obama. 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 us, but he’s not. He continues to spew this kind of hatred. So I’m not going to be there.”

Instead, Gutiérrez said he would be protesting at the inauguration and said he would not be allowing “them to simply turn back the clock.”

“I told my wife, ‘I’m not going,’” he continued. “And you know what she said to me? ‘Oh yeah, we’re going. We’re going to the march. We’re going to march for $15-a-hour. We’re going to march for women, for their rights. We’re going to march for the LGBT community.’ She said, ‘Luis, we’re going to go the inauguration, except we’re going to be out there marching and protesting and lifting our voices for America. We’re not going to allow them to simply turn back the clock.”

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