By Ed Diokno & Louis Chan
“Trump – who lost the popular vote – made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements,” said Lieu. “In addition, he attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis.”
After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 15, 2017
“All talk, no action.”
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 14, 2017
In a television interview Friday (Jan. 14), Rep. Lewis said he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president” due to alleged Russian interference in the election.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 15, 2017
“That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the democratic process,” Lewis said about the alleged Russian hacking, which U.S. intelligence officials believe was to help Trump get elected and to discredit Hillary Clinton.
Lewis said he could not attend the president-elect’s inauguration in good conscience. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong,” Lewis said.
Trump dismissed Lewis, a Freedom Rider who was beaten during a 1965 march in Selma and was arrested and jailed repeatedly in opposition to segregation, as “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”
This is the first time Lewis has not attended the inauguration since he entered Congress 30 years ago.“I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. 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.”
Lieu also wrote in his statement that Trump will be in violation of the Constitution on the day he takes office because of his “massive conflicts of interests he has with his global business holdings.”