Donald J. Trump is set to be sworn in as president next week, and liberals are doing everything that they can to make the transition of power as difficult as possible.
The Daily Mail reported that, a growing number of Democrat lawmakers are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration this week, after a feud broke out between the President-elect and civil rights campaigner-turned-Representative John Lewis, who said he will not be a ‘legitimate’ President.
There are now 19 Democratic Representatives, including Lewis, saying they will spurn Trump’s swearing-in in favor of focusing on their constituents or even taking part in protests and ‘resistance’ movements.
They include four members of Congress who said they would not attend after Trump hit back at Lewis on Twitter Saturday, saying the lawmaker – who once campaigned alongside Martin Luther King Jr – was ‘all talk, no action’.
Trump’s criticism came after Lewis’s Friday promise not to attend the inauguration.
‘I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president,’ Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s 5th congressional district since 1987, told NBC News. ‘I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.’
Trump’s furious retorts to Lewis – which also derided Lewis’s district as being ‘in horrible shape and falling apart’ and talked of ‘burning and crime infested inner-cities of the US’ – led to other Democrats refusing to play ball.
New York Representative Yvette Clarke Tweeted Saturday: ‘I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.’
Clarke’s fellow New Yorker, Jerrold Nadler, tweeted: ‘@realDonaldTrump stands with V. Putin. I stand with @repjohnlewis.’
He was confirmed not to be attending by Politico.
She was joined by three California Representatives – Ted Lieu, Mark Takano and Judy Chu – who had similar objections.
Lieu’s office released a statement in which he said: ‘While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made.’
He complained about Trump’s ‘racist, sexist and bigoted statements’ and concluded: ‘For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.’
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