Lois Frankel dons pink scarf in protest at Donald Trump’s inauguration

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel donned a pink scarf Friday as a symbol of peaceful protest on the steps of the Capitol as more protesters marched outside the gates of President Donald Trump‘s inauguration.

Frankel, whose district includes much of southern and central Palm Beach County, was joined by several other Democratic House members in wearing the scarves — which were embroidered with “Planned Parenthood” — and other pink accessories.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Provided)

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, left, is joined by other Democratic House members in wearing pink as a peaceful protest of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Provided)

She also wore two buttons: One from the activists group Emily’s List that said “Women Won’t Back Down,” and a blue button that said “#ProtectOurCare,” a nod to Frankel’s efforts to prevent the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

A spokeswoman for Frankel said the congresswoman was “representing that women won’t back down and we will protect our care.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel wore a pink scarf and two buttons as a peaceful protest at President Donald Trump's inauguration. (Provided)

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel wore a pink scarf and two buttons as a peaceful protest at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Provided)

In a conversation with The Palm Beach Post earlier this week, Frankel said she fielded calls from constituents for her to join dozens of other House members in boycotting the inauguration. But she said she would attend as a symbol of bipartisanship.

“I will be fighting as hard as anybody to resist the actions by the Congress and by the new president if they try to devalue or strip people of important rights,” she said. “But I think you want to start out with an open hand. If the president rejects it, that’s up to him.”

“There may be another gesture of respectful opposition on the day of” the inauguration, she added.

Frankel also will co-host a breakfast Saturday morning for Florida attendees of the Women’s March on Washington being held near the Capitol tomorrow.

She released this statement following the swearing-in ceremony:

“I’m grateful to former-President Obama, who led this country through one of the most challenging times in our history and breakthroughs for human rights.

“With all due respect to President Trump, as to his inaugural remarks today, I do not share his pessimistic view of America or his bias towards extreme nationalism. We are a nation of opportunity, a country that cherishes diversity and the leader of the free world.

“With that said, I am prepared to work cooperatively with the new administration where possible and be a force of resistance when necessary.”

 

 

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