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More than 50 members of Congress will boycott Trump’s inauguration
14:21, 18 January 2017
More than 50 members of Congress will boycott Trump’s inauguration

Many congressmen have decided to boycott the inauguration of Donald Trump after a feud with the civil rights activist and congressman, John Lewis

14:21, 18 January 2017

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More than 50 lawmakers from the Democratic Party are going to boycott the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, BBC reported.

Many members of Congress say it is happening because of Trump’s dispute with Congressman John Lewis, who is a renowned fighter for civil rights. Lewis became the hero for many Americans.

Lewis called Trump "an illegitimate president" because of Russia’s alleged interference in the election campaign.

Trump wrote his response on Twitter: "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"



Dozens of members took that as disrespect to Lewis and announced they will skip the event.

"I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate," Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota tweeted following the row.

The president-elect continued to criticize the civil rights activist and tweeted that Mr Lewis had falsely claimed this would be the first inauguration he has missed since joining Congress in 1987.

"WRONG (or lie)!" Mr Trump tweeted, saying John Lewis had skipped George W Bush's inauguration in 2001.

Congressman representative confirmed that then Lewis was also absent at the ceremony in protest.

This is not the first case of a mass boycott of the inauguration ceremony. For example, in 1973 about 80 Congressmen boycotted the inauguration of Richard Nixon.

About 800-900 thousand people are going to visit the ceremony in Washington on Friday. It is not clear whether this will be a day of protest action.

Opinion polls show that the approval rating of Donald Trump is at historically low levels for the president coming into office.

It is noteworthy that inauguration of Donald Trump will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017.

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