As January 20 draws nearer, the number of Democratic representatives boycotting the swearing in has gone up to a staggering 52, reports Time. A large number of them announced their decision to remain absent from the ceremony after Donald Trump insulted veteran civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) on Twitter over the past few days.
Mr. Lewis, who had marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. at Selma and other key civil rights demonstrations, had said that he would not be attending Trump’s inauguration ceremony as he doesn’t view him as a legitimate president. Trump replied saying that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district” and that he is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”