Inauguration Boycott


Congressman John Lewis

Melanie Battle, Staff Writer

With the presidential inauguration coming up very soon, many people are anxious to see what happens when the new president is ushered in. Many, such as celebrities, have already expressed their opposition to Donald Trump being elected. Among the side of opposition is nearly sixty Democratic lawmakers. As of January 17th, fifty-nine House Democrats have said that they will not attend the inauguration.

After Trump tweeted that Congressman John Lewis is, “all talk, talk, talk,” and should “focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities,” the number of politicians not going to the inauguration grew. “Going on Twitter to solve your problems is something a ten-year-old would do,” sophomore Ashley Bowman says about the president-elect being so active on Twitter. The tweets were in response of Lewis saying that he sees Trump’s election win as illegitimate because of the alleged interference in the election by Russia. Lewis is best known for his leadership in the civil rights protests in the 1960s, including the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. He announced that he won’t be attending the ceremony in an interview for “Meet the Press” on NBC News.

The number of people that will not attend the presidential inauguration has steadily risen and Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be doing anything to stop it. Bowman explains, “They don’t support Trump. He’s acting immature.” He almost seems to be brushing it off, as though the people and important political figures don’t matter to his presidency for the next four years. The new term with the new president hasn’t gotten off on a good start quite yet and Trump hasn’t even gotten sworn in yet. How will America change over the course of the next four years?