Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis said he does not believe that Donald Trump is a legitimately elected president and has chosen to skip the inauguration ceremonies.
In an interview released Friday with NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,” Lewis said:
“You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”
Lewis added that he believes “the Russians participated in helping this man get elected” and that such actions were an attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“I don’t plan to attend the inauguration,” Lewis added. “It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”
When pressed further, Lewis said, “I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.”
FBI Director James Comey briefed lawmakers Friday morning on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign. Lewis did not attend the briefing, his spokesperson Brenda Jones told Independent Journal Review in an email.