Democrat John Lewis stated that he “doesn’t consider Donald Trump a legitimate president,” at the same time continued to blame the Russians for helping Republican Candidate Donald Trump get the White House.
Lewis a Congressman for Georgia and also leader of the 1960 s “civil rights movement” insisted that he would not go to President Elect Trump’s inauguration on Capitol Hill next week,adding to the growing number of Democrats who at this time decided on boycotting this historic event.
“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It will be very difficult. I do not see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said in an interview with “Meet the Press” which will be broadcast on Sunday.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man to be elected. And they helped destroy Hillary Clinton’s candidacy,” said Mr. Lewis.
US intelligence agencies have claimed that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump win. After weeks of questioning that assessment, the elected president finally accepted that the Russians were behind the hacking of the Democrats who clouded the White House race. However, he also emphasized that this “had absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, including the fact that there was no manipulation of voting machines.”
Lewis explained that his decision not to participate in the endowment is because “one can not feel comfortable and relaxed with something that perceives that it is wrong, that it is not just not right.”
Lewis, a 16-term congressman, testified days before against Trump’s “nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be secretary of justice”, mentioning the Alabama Republican’s record on ensuring that minority members have the right to vote.
Mr. Lewis was beaten and bloodied during the struggle for civil rights back in the 1960 s.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who met with Trump on Friday, said he “considered Lewis a friend and a great man”, but that “the idea of constantly seeking ways to de-legitimize the results of a poll, no matter how discontented one might be with them, it is not the best example we give. “
Other Democratic lawmakers who have announced that they will not be present at Trump’s Presidential swearing in are
- Raul Grijalva – Arizona
- Barbara Lee – California
- Earl Blumenauer – Oregon
- Katherine Clark – Massachusetts
- Luis Gutierrez – Illinois
They all mention various reasons for absenteeism, but they have at least one thing in common: they represent districts of broad Democratic affiliation.
“Clinton received 2.9 million more votes than Trump, but lost the Electoral College vote”, pols show.
Lewis continued the allegations on Twitter.
Rep. John Lewis breaks the seal on this language: Trump is not the legitimate President of the United States. https://t.co/G96KwYDOVG
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) January 13, 2017
others have gone as far as calling the Trump Government ” Traitors”.
Rep. John Lewis tells it like it is: Trump is not ‘a legitimate president!’ BOTH HE & PENCE NEED TO BE CHARGED WITH TREASON ON DAY 1! pic.twitter.com/5rjz1jb5oX
— #NotMyPresident (@France4Hillary) January 13, 2017