WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of House Democrats planning to boycott President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration has grown to more than 40.
It’s partly a protest of Trump’s repeated criticism of John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and legendary civil rights activist.
Tuesday, Trump struck again — saying Lewis was either wrong or lying when he said Trump’s inauguration would be the first he will have missed since coming to Congress. Trump cited a Washington Post report from 2001 that noted Lewis had skipped George W. Bush’s inauguration.
A Lewis spokeswoman says his absence from that event was also a protest — and that he believed the Florida vote count controversy and the Supreme Court’s involvement in the election outcome didn’t reflect a “free, fair and open democratic process.”
In Trump’s case, Lewis has challenged his legitimacy to be president because of Russia’s interference in the election.
Top Democrats like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York will attend the inauguration, and none of the Senate Democrats said they’ll skip it.