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Flashback: Rep. Lewis also boycotted Bush inauguration over illegitimacy claims

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis has earned both praise and opprobrium for his recent feud with President-elect Donald Trump.

The civil-rights leader has insisted Trump will not be a legitimate president, due primarily to the reported influence of Russian hackers on the 2016 election.

In an interview that sparked fierce backlash from Trump and many of the president-elect’s supporters, Lewis announced he would boycott Friday’s inauguration.

“You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong,” the Georgia congressman said.

It will not, however, be the first time he has staged such a protest against an incoming Republican president.

As The Washington Post reported 16 years ago, Lewis opted to stay home for George W. Bush’s inauguration, claiming he believed “it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected leader.”



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