Far from appearing downcast that a number of Democratic lawmakers are planning to avoid his inauguration Friday, President-elect Donald Trump has found a positive in their decision not to watch him take the oath of office as the nation’s next president.
From Western Journalism
“As far as other people not going, that’s OK, because we need seats so badly,” Trump said during an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox News’ Fox and Friends.
“I hope they give me their tickets. … What happens to their tickets?” Trump said to host Ainsley Earhardt. “I hope they’re going to give us their tickets.”
So far, nearly 60 House Democrats have said they will boycott Trump’s inauguration. Although rumblings of a boycott began after Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, the numbers swelled after Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., attacked Trump last week as not being a “legitimate” president and vowed to boycott the inauguration, saying it would be the first time he had ever done so.
Trump fired back and in the course of the controversy, it was revealed that Lewis had also boycotted the 2001 inauguration for former President George W. Bush, a fact Lewis has since said he forgot.
“I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens,” said Trump.
“He conveniently doesn’t remember. How do you forget if you go to an inauguration? I can tell you when I was at inaugurations and you don’t forget something like that,” Trump said.
Trump said he’d be willing to sit down with Lewis but added, “We’re off to a bad start.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s team echoed his call that if Democrats choose not to attend, they let others do so.
“We’d love for every member of Congress to attend but if they don’t, we’ve got some great seats for others to partake in,” said Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer. “It’s a shame that these folks don’t want to be part of the peaceful transfer of power.”
During his interview with Earhardt, Trump discussed his plans to continue using Twitter after he takes office on Friday.
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