Citing Russian interference in the election, civil rights hero and Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. John Lewis told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate president,” and will not be attending the inauguration.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Lewis told Todd. The inauguration would be the first one he’d miss “since I’ve been in Congress.”
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong,” he added.
“That’s going to send a big message to a lot of people in this country, that you don’t believe he’s a legitimate president,” Todd replied.
“I think there was a conspiracy on the part of Russians and others to help him get elected,” Rep. Lewis said. “That’s not right, that’s not fair, that’s not the open democratic process.”
Recently, Lewis testified against Sen. Jeff Sessions in his confirmation hearing for Attorney General, where he invoked a “return to the dark past, where the power of law was used to deny the freedoms protected by the constitution.”