Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a progressive who was once associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., announced on January 13 that he will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told MSNBC show host Chuck Todd. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.” The progressive Congressman has galvanized opinion among fellow Democrats and leftists in social media.

A social media storm ensued when Trump denounced Lewis as “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.” Since then, the number of Democrats boycotting the transition of power has risen to more than two dozen. Lewis is no stranger to ducking out of witnessing the peaceful transition of power from one president to another.

Establishment media apparently missed this fact.

The Sacramento Bee, for example, proclaimed that the Democrats’ boycott was “breaking with generations of past precedent.” Business Insider reported that this year will be “the first time he [Lewis] will miss an inauguration” since he was elected in 1986.

Digging into the files, Spero News found that not only Lewis but other fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus refused to witness the inauguration of George W. Bush because they did not “believe Bush is the true elected president.” Lewis was in Atlanta on the day Bill Clinton left office and when Bush assumed it. Trump tweeted today to point out the lack of clarity in the press over Lewis’ previous departures from established protocol.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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