The second ranking Democrat in the House stopped short of joining civil rights icon John Lewis’ boycott of the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was speaking at a rally to save Obamacare when a rallygoer interrupted him, calling for Hoyer to boycott the inauguration. The comments come after Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., questioned Donald Trump‘s legitimacy.
Hoyer said that he “understands my friend John Lewis.”
However, Hoyer didn’t say that he was going to boycott the inauguration, as several other Democrats have decided to do.
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Instead, Hoyer said that he and Lewis would be doing their job in the House to ensure Republicans don’t succeed.
“We will not walk off the field,” he said, before pivoting back towards defending the healthcare law.
Lewis said on Saturday that he questions the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency due to Russian interference.
Lewis is among roughly 20 House Democrats who are boycotting the inauguration on Jan. 20, according to published reports.
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