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Nearly 60 Congressmembers Will Not Attend Trump Inauguration

HeadlineJan 18, 2017

Fifty-nine House Democrats now say they will not attend Trump’s inauguration. The boycott began after Trump attacked civil rights icon John Lewis over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. On Twitter, Trump called Congressmember Lewis “All talk, talk, talk” and told Lewis he should “focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities.” On Tuesday night, a man lit a fire near Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and said he was trying to light himself on fire as a protest against Trump’s inauguration. Trump has a historically low approval rating for an incoming president. A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday found only 34 percent of U.S. residents view Trump favorably. President Obama, in comparison, had an 84 percent approval rating just before his inauguration in 2009.

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