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Inauguration boycott: Who is boycotting? Why Democrats are boycotting Trump’s inauguration

Earlier this week 59 House Democrats confirmed they would not attend the inauguration in Capitol Hill, Washington, today (Friday 20).

More Democrats could join the boycott as part of a backlash against Mr Trump’s attack on civil right activist and Democratic congressman John Lewis.

Mr Trump slammed Mr Lewis for being ‘all talk’ after the congressman argued that he was not a legitimate president due to the Russian hacking scandal.

Maryland Representative Anthony Brown said announced that that he was skipping the inauguration, noting that Mr Lewis as a “civil rights hero”.

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison added: “I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate.”

But Mr Trump remains characteristically defiant, saying Mr Lewis had skipped George W Bush’s inauguration in 2001.

“John Lewis said about my inauguration, ‘It will be the first one that I’ve missed.’ WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also,” he tweeted.

He added: “People are pouring into Washington in record numbers. Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday!”

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