Rep. Slaughter to Skip Trump's Inauguration Over John Lewis Controversy

Rep. Slaughter to Skip Trump's Inauguration Over John Lewis Controversy

While Lewis said he believes in forgiveness and trying to work with people, the civil rights icon said it will be "very difficult" to work with Trump.

NBC released the interview clip Friday, and Trump took to twitter, saying the Congressman should "take care of his crime-infested district and was all talk, no actions".

On Saturday, Trump hit back at Lewis - one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders along with King who helped organise the 1963 March on Washington, when King gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. In both cases, the Republican candidates - Trump and Bush - won the Electoral College vote while the Democratic candidates - Hillary Clinton and Gore - won the popular vote.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence called Lewis' remarks "deeply disappointing".

"Through the years we've shared the stories of numerous movement's greatest heroes with Georgia ties, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Andrew Young", Georgia Public Broadcasting President and Chief Executive Teya Ryan said in a statement announcing the premiere of the documentary.

Mr. Trump said he'd be willing to sit down with Mr. Lewis but that "we're off to a bad start, there's no question about it".

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For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis?

On Monday Lewis's graphic novel March, about the USA civil rights movement, had risen from 451st place in the overall bestsellers list to No.1.

"While I have great respect for the office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural", he said in a Wednesday email to constituents.

"You can not be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right", Lewis said.

No other members of Michigan's congressional delegation, including the other two Democratic senators and four other Democratic representatives, have announced that they are not attending the inauguration.

No other Maryland Democrat has said they will skip the event. "I want to live to see the first woman elected president".