In an apparent attempt to drum up political points, Rep. John Lewis confessed that he would not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration and claimed that it was the first time he had ever enacted such a drastic form of protest. There’s just one problem: Lewis skipped George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001.
Late last week, Lewis announced his decision to skip the inauguration, stating during a segment of NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he did not see Trump as a “legitimate president” and adding: “I think the Russian participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Leftist media outlets were quick to seize on Lewis’s comment as some sort of historic act of defiance while chiding Trump for criticizing Lewis as “all talk, talk, talk.” As it turns out, Lewis’s inauguration rhetoric is just that.
A Washington Post article from 2001 reveals that Lewis, along with several other members of the Black Caucus, sat out Bush’s inauguration.
“John Lewis, for instance, spent the day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president,” the story reads in part.
Lewis’s supposedly groundbreaking demonstration against Trump has swayed upwards of 30 other members of Congress to boycott the inaugural ceremony, but no word has surfaced as to whether any of them realize that the move is decidedly not unprecedented.