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The roster of House Democrats planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration grew to about 50 on Tuesday in a protest of the New York businessman’s policies and his repeated criticism of legendary civil rights activist John Lewis.
The Georgia congressman made headlines over the weekend for challenging Trump’s legitimacy to be the next president and erroneously claiming that Trump’s inauguration would be the first he will have missed since coming to Congress three decades ago.
In fact, Lewis had skipped President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001.
Trump struck on Tuesday morning, as is typical, on Twitter: “WRONG (or lie)!” Trump tweeted, citing a 2001 Washington Post report that noted Lewis had skipped George W. Bush’s inauguration.
Lewis’ office on Tuesday confirmed that the congressman had missed Bush’s swearing-in.
“His absence at that time was also a form of dissent,” said spokeswoman Brenda Jones. “He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.”
Lewis said last week that he would skip Trump’s swearing in on Friday, telling NBC News that he didn’t view Trump as a legitimate president.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday.
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Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego
California Rep. Barbara Lee
California Rep. Grace Napolitano
California Rep. Jared Huffman
California Rep. Juan Vargas
California Rep. Judy Chu
California Rep. Karen Bass
California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
California Rep. Mark DeSaulnier
California Rep. Mark Takano
California Rep. Maxine Waters
California Rep. Raul Ruiz
California Rep. Ted Lieu
California Rep. Tony Cárdenas
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Florida Rep. Darren Soto
Georgia Rep. John Lewis
Here’s a list of Democrats who have publicly said they won’t be at Friday’s ceremony:
Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Kentucky Rep. John Yarmouth
Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree
Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown
Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark
Michigan Rep. John Conyers
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison
Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler
New York Rep. Jose Serrano
New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez
New York Rep. Yvette Clarke
North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams
North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader
Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle
Texas Rep. Al Green
Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro
Virginia Rep. Don Beyer
Washington Rep. Adam Smith
Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan