AFP-Jiji WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, on Friday became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to announce he is boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration this week, saying he sees the president-elect as illegitimate.
At least eight House Democrats have publicly stated they will not be attending Trump’s swearing in at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, with several indicating their absence will be an act of political protest against the incoming Republican president.
“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show in an interview that was to air Sunday.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” he said, adding that he will skip the presidential inauguration for the first time since becoming a member of Congress in 1987.