5 Jewish Democrats Among Dozens of Congressmen Boycotting Trump Inauguration
JNS.org — At least five Jewish Democratic lawmakers have announced that they plan to join dozens of other Congressmen in boycotting Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Those who will not be attending Jan. 20’s ceremony include: Steven Cohen (Tenn.), Jerold Nadler (NY), Jamie Raskin (Md.), John Yarmuth (Ky.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.).
Cohen wrote on Twitter:
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) January 16, 2017
Raskin said of his decision to boycott, “I cannot stomach [Trump’s] relentless trafficking in bigotry, misogyny and fear.”
In unprecedented circumstances, over 60 of the 194 Democrats in the House of Representatives have announced that they are skipping Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th president. There are 22 Jewish members of the House, 20 of them Democrats.
The Democrats’ movement to skip the inauguration came after a feud erupted between US Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Trump, following the longtime civil rights leader’s comments last week that he does not view “this president-elect as a legitimate president.” This prompted Trump to take to Twitter to criticize Lewis as “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad.”
This is not the first time Lewis has led a boycott of a presidential inauguration. When George W. Bush won the 2001 election against Al Gore, Lewis made similar comments about Bush’s legitimacy and led the Black Caucus in skipping the swearing-in ceremony.