Why some Bay Area Democrats are skipping Trump’s inauguration

The boycott of Donald Trump’s inauguration by some members of the Bay Area congressional delegation is rooted in many causes — but two big issues for Democrats are the president-elect’s global finances and their suspicions that he had pre-election dealings with Russia.

“He is clearly taking us to a constitutional crisis,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, who, along with fellow Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee of Oakland, Jared Huffman of San Rafael and Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, is skipping Friday’s swearing-in.

“It’s not about conservative or liberal,” DeSaulnier said. “From my perspective, it’s how he treats people. It’s how he treats issues.”

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