“Today, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. I have the highest respect for the office of the presidency, but in all candor I don’t have an awful lot of respect for the man who took the oath of office today. He has said far too much that deeply troubles me.
“This is a man who attacked President Obama, the first African-American elected to the presidency, by questioning whether or not he was even a citizen of our country. But it’s not just that – it’s his disparaging comments about women and immigrants. It’s his talk about creating a Muslim registry. It’s his embrace of torture. It’s his talk about using nuclear weapons. And it’s his surrounding himself with people who embrace policies that are bigoted and racist.
“I hope for the best, and I hope that there are areas where we can find commonality, but I am reminded of the words of Maya Angelou who said when somebody shows you who they are – believe them the first time.
“I have two posters that I treasure deeply in my office honoring Rosa Parks, the great civil rights leader. The first one says “No.” That’s what she said when they told her to get to the back of the bus. No. We need to be prepared to say no to policies that we think are going to hurt this country. We need to say no if Donald Trump tries to weaken voting rights or civil rights. We need to say no if he tries to privatize Medicare or Social Security.
“I have a second Rosa Parks poster that says ‘The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.’ On Monday we honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He didn’t just have a dream, he got up every day and worked to make that dream a reality. He didn’t just agonize, he organized. He didn’t just talk the talk, he marched, protested, and even engaged in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. And he made a difference and he moved this country forward. We need to be inspired by Dr. King’s example, and we need a renewed activism in this country to combat what might be coming down the road.
“So tomorrow my wife, Lisa, and my daughter, Molly and I will participate in the woman’s march here in Washington, D.C. and my son, Patrick will participate in Boston, and I hope that you will participate in one of the marches going on across Massachusetts and across the country. It is important that we make clear to President Trump that we will not acquiesce in the face of policies that we deplore. Politics is not about rolling over, politics is about standing up and fighting for what you believe in.
“These are challenging times no doubt but it is important that we not despair. I have hope. I have hope that we can get through this. I have hope that we can get through this because of the calls and notes and emails that I have received from so many of you urging me to fight and promising that you will fight alongside me.
“I’m looking toward the future as an opportunity to be able to shape the direction that our country will move in and to do all we can to make this the country what we want it to be. I’m a dad and I want my kids to have a good future. The stakes have never been higher. Let me remind you of the words of Barack Obama – keep hope alive.”