Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday he hoped that U.S. Representative John Lewis reconsiders his decision to not attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“While I have great respect for John Lewis and for his contributions, particularly to the civil rights movement, I was deeply disappointed to see someone of his stature question the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s election as president and say he’s not attending the inauguration,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I hope he reconsiders both positions.”
Pence also said Trump was defending himself when with tweets that attacked both Lewis and his Atlanta-based congressional district.
“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to.mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump said in a pair of tweets. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
However John Lewis a veteran of the civil rights movement who was beaten by police during the famous march in Selma, Alabama, does not appear to be prepared to back down from his boycott decision, or his claim that Trump is an illegitimate president because of evidence of Russia interference. Others who plan to skip the 20 January inauguration ceremony include Reps Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Jared Huffman and Barbara Lee of California, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Raúl Grijalva of Arizona.