WASHINGTON — After initially being noncommittal, Representative Michael Capuano, whose district includes the liberal areas of Somerville and Cambridge, has announced that he will skip Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
In a series of tweets posted Wednesday , Capuano said that instead of attending the swearing-in Friday, he will hold an open house at his Cambridge district office.
“While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural,” Capuano tweeted. “So many of you have contacted my office to raise concerns about the future of our great country I wanted the opportunity to hear from you.”
Capuano’s decision marks a reversal from his earlier statements, when he told the Globe that if he didn’t attend the inauguration, it would only be due to a scheduling conflict — and not to make a statement.
When reached Wednesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Capuano said the Congressman changed his mind after Trump made disparaging statements regarding US Representative and civil rights hero John Lewis of Georgia.
“I am deeply disappointed in the way President-elect Trump attacked Rep. John Lewis, a personal friend and hero to so many Americans,” Capuano said, in a statement provided by the spokeswoman. “The President-elect cannot mold the world simply by saying so. But his words do matter, now more than ever, and he has given no indication of recognizing this.”
In early January, Representative Katherine Clark of Melrose became one of the first members of the Congress to announce her intention to boycott Trump’s inaugural ceremony. Since then, dozens of Democrats have now announced similar plans, with the number totaling more than 40 as of Wednesday afternoon.
With Capuano’s statement Wednesday, he becomes the second member of the Massachusetts delegation to announce his decision to flout the ceremony, outside of Clark.
Both US senators from Massachusetts, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, have confirmed that they will attend Trump’s inauguration.