Rep. John Lewis says this will be the first inaugural he’s skipped, but forgets 2001

Rep. John Lewis says this will be the first inaugural he’s skipped, but forgets 2001
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) listens during a news conference on LGBT discrimination July 23, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The news conference was to introduce the Equality Act of 2015. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trish Regan of Fox News Business caught Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in what appears to be an exaggeration about how extraordinary it is for him to skip a president’s inauguration.

Regan aired video of Lewis saying that this is the first inauguration he’s skipping since he’s been in office, but then quoted from the Washington Post in 2001 detailing his whereabouts during George W. Bush’s first inauguration.

Not only did the Washington Post report that he skipped Bush’s inaugural, but he questioned his legitimacy as well:

John Lewis, for instance, spent [inauguration] day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.

Lewis opened the floodgates of Democrat representatives skipping President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural when he said that he felt his presidency was illegitimate. More than 30 other members of Congress have declared that they are sitting out the inaugural ceremony on January 20th.

Trump assailed Lewis from his Twitter account in response, pointing to apparent short-comings in the representative’s congressional district. Many have disputed Trump’s characterization of the district, and some accused the description of being animated by racism.

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