On Monday, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) announced he would join the nearly five dozen Democratic lawmakers boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Beyer explained his decision as one arising out of a conflict of values with the president-elect, saying, “It would be the height of hypocrisy for me to pretend to be part of this inaugural celebration.” The congressman, who represents the Democratic stronghold of Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, reiterated that he “treasure[s] the peaceful transfer of power” and that he would “respect the constitutional prerogatives of the presidency.”

Despite his disingenuous nod to the peaceful exchange of power, the congressman’s promise to boycott the inauguration is downright shameful.

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