SEATTLE -- Pramila Jayapal, who was just elected to the U.S. Congress out of Washington state, says she will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as President Friday. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington says he will also not attend.
"I think I'm in pretty good company when civil rights icon, representative John Lewis, says he's not going to attend the inauguration," said Jayapal, a Democrat representing Washington's 7th District.
Lewis, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s, told NBC's Meet The Press Friday that he does not believe Trump is a legitimate president due to Russia's alleged interference in the election.
Trump responded, criticizing Lewis on Twitter.
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
At least 25 members of Congress have said they will also not attend the inauguration.
"My decision to be here in the district with my constituents who are truly terrified that they will no longer have a home in this city and country was not, at the time, a boycott of the inauguration," said Jayapal in a statement.
"If I had any doubts about my decision, however, my resolve has only strengthened in the past few days as I watched Donald Trump's response to one of our country's great civil rights icons and a personal hero of mine, Congressman John Lewis," she added. "With Donald Trump's tweet, he himself has inflamed the situation and now two dozen of my colleagues will also not be attending the inauguration. It has become a boycott."
On the floor of the House, Jayapal tried to object ten days ago when the electoral votes for president were certified. Her objection was shot down by Vice President Joe Biden.
Smith said he would be spending the day working out of his Washington state office and meeting with his constituents.