- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia will reportedly be the only major city in the United States without representation in Washington during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration later this week.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2jvOPAs ) all three of the city’s U.S. representatives on Monday pledged their intention to boycott Trump’s upcoming inauguration this Friday.

Rep. Bob Brady, Rep. Dwight Evans and Rep. Brendan Boyle have joined the growing list of Democrats who won’t be there to witness the peaceful transfer of power from President Obama to Trump.

A spokesman for Brady says the Republican’s derogatory comments toward famed civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, of Georgia, made the group’s decision to skip the inauguration easier.

As Americans, Mayor Jim Kenney says the congressmen are free to express their First Amendment rights.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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