- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Reps. Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin of Maryland are joining the growing list of Democrats who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday.

Brown, who represents suburban Washington in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, said Monday that he would be skipping the inauguration. Raskin, who also represents suburban Washington in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, says he’s skipping it, too. More than 30 House Democrats plan to do so.

The number of lawmakers who have pledged not to attend increased after Trump lashed out at Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia on Saturday for challenging Trump’s legitimacy to be president.

In a Facebook post, Brown called Lewis a civil rights hero. He said that Trump’s “verbal attack” on Lewis showed a disregard for the office Trump will soon hold.


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