January 2017

Trump Scolds Civil Rights Icon Lewis, Days Before MLK Holiday

Days before the U.S. holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump has attacked U.S. Representative John Lewis after the civil rights legend said he didn't consider Trump a "legitimate president" because of what he believed were Russia's attempts to help Trump win the presidency.

In a couple of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said instead of criticizing him, the Georgia lawmaker should concentrate on serving his constituents.

Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......

Trump Tweets Attack on Civil Rights Hero; More Dems Drop Out of Inauguration

"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton," he said. "I don't plan to attend the inauguration… You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong."

Lewis also said he felt there was a "conspiracy" headed by Russia to bring Trump to power.

The president-elect responded over Twitter, telling Lewis to focus on his own "crime infested" district.

At least one in five California members of Congress are skipping Trump's inauguration

There’s a lot Rep. Jared Huffman would rather do than go to Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. So he’s going to stay home.

"I’ll spend that day, and actually several days, in my district doing service events and community events to try to send a positive message with my time rather than sitting passively and applauding while something that I think is very dark and dangerous for our country begins,” said Huffman (D-San Rafael).

These Democratic Lawmakers Won’t Attend Trump’s Inauguration

The attack, coming just days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seem to have energized a number of Lewis' fellow Democratic lawmakers, as they joined his boycott of the inauguration after Trump's tweet storm.

Below are the Democratic lawmakers who do not plan on attending.

Arizona

Rep. Raul Grijalva

The Arizona Congressman stood in the House Chamber and explained Friday that he would not remain in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.

Clyburn says weather may keep him from Trump inauguration

A small but growing group of congressmen and women have announced they will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, breaking with generations of past precedent.

In statements explaining their decisions, the members of Congress, who have all been Democrats thus far, cited Trump’s rhetoric on women, Muslims and immigrants, as well as concerns about the role Russian hacking may have played in the presidential election.

Rep. Ted Lieu won't attend Trump inauguration over tweets about John Lewis

Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd District in Los Angeles County, announced Saturday that he will not be attending President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration following tweets Trump made about civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis.

Lieu is one of at least 16 Democrats who will not be attending the ceremony on Jan. 20. In a statement, he said it was a personal decision and that he doesn't dispute Trump's presidency.

Rep. Ted Lieu will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration

South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu said Saturday he will join a contingent of Democrats to boycott this week's presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

Lieu, who represents the coastal South Bay and Westside, will be one of at least 16 Democrats avoiding the ceremony. His decision was announced Saturday, after the president-elect scolded civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, in an early-morning Twitter blast.

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