SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement on his decision not to attend the inauguration: “My humble and loving parents taught me to live by this saying, ‘Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.’ It means tell me who you hang out with, and I’ll tell you who you are. My wife and I have lived this truth, and we have taught it to our children.

U.S. Rep. Tony CardenasThis week I’ve been thinking a lot about what my parents, family, and constituents would say about the situation I’m facing. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not stand with Donald Trump during his ceremonial inauguration.

He has been consistent in his words and actions — he has disrespected countless Americans — women, civil rights leaders, Hispanics, people with disabilities, Muslims, gold star families, African Americans, POWs, and more. I feel this decision best represents my family, constituents, and country.

I will join my wife and daughter and thousands of caring, loving people in the Women’s March on Saturday. I will be ready to protect and defend the people who elected me and all Americans.

I will continue to work with both sides of the aisle to find common-sense solutions, and I will continue to legislate for what’s right for all of us.”