Rep. Alcee Hastings to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, will skip Friday's inauguration.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, will skip Friday’s inauguration.

WASHINGTON — Add U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, to the list of congressional Democrats shunning Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president.

 

About 50 Democrats have said they’ll skip the inauguration, many of them announcing so after Trump blasted U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights movement who said he did not consider Trump a “legitimate” president.

 

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump said on his Twitter account Saturday.

 

Lewis suffered a fractured skull during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march to Selma, so calling him all talk and no action was particularly galling to many Democrats and others.

 

“President-elect Trump has made it clear that when given the choice, he stands with Vladimir Putin. I choose to stand with Rep. John Lewis, and every American that expects our President to serve with compassion and humility,” Hastings said in a statement released this afternoon.

 

The two other Democrats in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation — Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Rep. Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach — plan to attend the inauguration. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson also plans to attend.

 

“I’ve had a lot of my constituents reach out urging me not to go,” said Frankel, whose congressional district includes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

 

“My own belief is that with this new government, with this transition, that I have a responsibility to reach out in a cooperative manner to the extent possible…I will be fighting as hard as anybody to resist the actions by the Congress and by the new president if they try to devalue or strip people of important rights. But I think you want to start out with an open hand. If the president rejects it, that’s up to him,” Frankel said.

 

 

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