Over 50 Democratic Congressmen Announce Plans to Boycott Trump’s Inauguration

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More than 50 Democratic congressmen have announced their plans to boycott the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. Trump expressed the hope that they will return him their tickets.

Over 50 Democratic Congressmen Announce Plans to Boycott Trump's Inauguration

US President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 50 congressmen from the US Democratic Party are going to boycott the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, BBC reported on Wednesday.

Reportedly, many congressmen explain their decision by the dispute between Trump and Democratic congressman John Lewis.

Lewis called Trump ‘an illegitimate president’ due to alleged Russian interference in the election campaign. In response, Trump wrote in his Twitter: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad.”

Lewis is a renowned fighter for civil rights. He regularly organizes actions and marches for the rights of religious communities and sexual minorities. During one of such demonstrations (Selma, Alabama, 2015), in which he took part, Lewis himself was beaten and suffered a concussion.

According to many Democratic congressmen, the Trump’s words are disrespect to Lewis. Minnesota’s Congressman Keith Ellison even accused Trump of conducting “policy of separation and hatred.”

Earlier, 26 members of the Congress were going to boycott the inauguration ceremony, which should be held on January 20. This is not the first case of a mass boycott of an inauguration ceremony in the US. So, in 1973, about 80 congressmen boycotted the inauguration of Richard Nixon.

However, Trump has already said that he does not mind Democratic members of Congress boycotting his inauguration, talking with “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

Speaking about lawmakers, who are not going to attend the inauguration, Trump said, “that’s ok, because we need seats so badly, I hope they give me their tickets.”

About 800,000-900,000 people, including several hundreds of diplomats, are going to visit the ceremony in Washington on this Friday. Today, Trump will hold the so-called ‘preliminary dinner’ with foreign diplomats.

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  • Sergio González

    For liberals, it’s only democracy if their party wins.

    • John Whitehot

      yanks seem to have an inherent limit in spotting their basic contradiction

  • pbs01

    The dems are a threat to democracy.

  • Tyrant Fashister

    “Lewis is a renowned fighter for civil rights.”
    oh really..? Maybe he is such a good person to let run stuff in Russia and have some transgender bathrooms then.That N´´´´´ easily is ok with a war against Russia if only for moral signaling.Still some leftist shilling for Russia haters ?

  • Gary Sellars

    sexual minorities?…. in the good old days, when life was simple, we just called them poofters and wierdos….

    • Sergio González

      Well, society has gotten more progressive with time.

      Assuming that things are simple is always a mistake, a mistake that seems to have been overcome by most of society. It actually goes deeper, as far as people not feeling okay with their gender. And as far as that, it’s okay.

      Now, when people start coming up with new sexes and pronouns and ways of identifying themselves, and claiming they need special bathrooms, and trying to make their own set of “rights” happen, then you know they have gone too far.

      It’s like “Oh, I don’t like that doctors assume my gender when I’m born, therefore I will make up my own gender”. When that happens, you realize there are too many liberties. But you need to keep a constant balance between freedom and obnoxiousness.