Lawmakers refuse to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration over John Lewis tweets

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President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter after Civil Rights icon John Lewis promised to skip the inauguration along with several lawmakers.

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter after Civil Rights icon John Lewis promised to skip the inauguration along with several Bay Area lawmakers.


The president-elect's latest tweet was Saturday evening saying: "Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the US. "I can use all the help I can get!"

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It prompted a response from Michigan Republican Justin Amash who tweeted: "Dude, just stop."

There's a growing number of Democratic members of Congress who are joining a boycott against Trump's inauguration.


Trump began the day with two tweets saying: "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!"

Trump was responding to comments from Lewis saying: "He does not consider Trump to be a legitimate president and he told NBC News that he's concerned about Russia's involvement in the election.

Lewis is considered a Civil Right's icon. He helped organize the march on Washington with doctor Martin Luther King Junior in 1963.


Lewis has said he will not be attending Friday's inauguration and at least 15 fellow Democrats have also decided not to attend, including East Bay Congressman Mark Desaulnier.

"I think john's right, there are serious questions unlike any other presidential election in the history of this country," Desaulnier said.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi joined a bi-partisan chorus of officials who voiced their support for Lewis and took to Twitter saying: "Ahead of Martin Luther King Day 2017, let us remember that many have tried to silence representative John Lewis over the years. All have failed."

Trump's transition team has reached out to the African American museum in Washington DC for a possible visit on MLK Day, but those plans have not been finalized just yet.

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