A Republican senator is lobbying an anti-Trump Democratic congressman to put aside their partisan differences and attend the president-elect’s inauguration next week.
“To John Lewis, one of my heroes: Please come to the Inauguration. It isn’t about a man. It is a celebration of peaceful transfer of power,” Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote on Friday evening.
Earlier on Friday, the Georgia Democrat announced he does not consider Trump a “legitimate president” and would not be attending the inauguration on Jan. 20.
Rep. Lewis told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd he faulted Russian hacking and WikiLeaks’ leaking of Democratic officials’ emails with Trump’s election victory.
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“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said.
The congressman is unsupportive of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who was nominated attorney general. His protest of the inauguration will be the first time he has sat out the historic transfer of power.
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