(JNS.org) At least five Jewish Democratic lawmakers have announced that they plan to join dozens of others in Congress in boycotting Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The Jewish lawmakers planning to skip the inauguration include U.S. Reps. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
“Announced @ Mason Temple, #MLK final speech, that I won't attend #inauguration out of respect for @repjohnlewis & for unpresidential remarks,” Cohen said on Twitter. Raskin said of his decision to boycott, “I cannot stomach [Trump's] relentless trafficking in bigotry, misogyny and fear.”
In an unprecedented situation, some 60 out of 194 Democrats in the House of Representatives have announced that they are skipping Trump's swearing-in as the 45th president. There are 22 Jewish members of the House, and 20 of them are Democrats.
The movement by Democrats to skip the inauguration came following a feud between U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Trump after Lewis, a longtime civil rights leader, questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s election last weekend.
“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on the “Meet the Press” program, which prompted Trump to criticize the lawmaker on Twitter as “all talk, talk, talk—no action or results. Sad.”