We’ve heard all about how more than 60 Democrat House members are going to be boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration — most notably Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who made waves by calling Trump an “illegitimate” president.
If they thought that they were going to flap the president-elect, however, he managed to destroy them in just seven words: “I hope they give me their tickets.”
Trump made the remarks during an interview broadcast Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” after he was asked about the boycott and his tiff with Lewis.
“I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens,” Trump said.
Trump was referring to the fact that Lewis claimed this was the first time he was going to boycott a presidential inauguration; in fact, he had boycotted George W. Bush’s 2001 inauguration after the electoral kerfuffle in that election.
Trump said that he would be willing to sit down with Lewis, but he added, “We’re off to a bad start.”
As for the boycott itself, Trump responded, “that’s OK, because we need seats so badly, I hope they give me their tickets.”
Check out the interview here. The inauguration remarks start around the 2-minute mark:
Indeed, in spite of Lewis and company boycotting Trump’s big shindig, there seems to be enough excitement around Trump’s inauguration that it hardly seems to matter. Politico reports that planners are expecting about 800,000 spectators (and protesters) to show up for the event in Washington, D.C.
The president-elect also used the interview to defend his Twitter habit.
“Look, I don’t like tweeting. I have other things I could be doing,” Trump said. “But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press, and it’s my only way that I can get out and correct.
“Now, I’m going to be close to 50 million people — including Facebook and Instagram and things, I’m going to be close to 50 million people,” he continued. “So when people misrepresent me … I have at least a way of saying it’s a false statement.
“Now, if the press were honest, which it’s not, I would absolutely not use Twitter,” he added. “I wouldn’t have to.”
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