4th District Congressman Jim Himes says despite some grave concerns he has about the coming Trump administration, he will attend Friday's inauguration ceremony. Himes says he will not be there to celebrate a "cynical new President", but to witness a peaceful transfer of power.
He says he will also be there as visible evidence that power is shared in America, and that President Trump will be checked and balanced by hundreds of people on that inaugural stage. Himes, who has been outspoken against President-elect Trump, says Trump has not shown the temperament, integrity or wisdom necessary to run a small town.
He then went on to quote President John F. Kennedy, who said on his inauguration 55 years ago: "only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink responsibility. I welcome it."