Workers prepare the West Front of the US Capitol for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Workers prepare the West Front of the US Capitol for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Dozens of Democratic members of Congress say they plan to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

The fallout between the president-elect and Congressman John Lewis was the final straw for a number of Democrats who will break with tradition by missing the ceremony.

“When you insult Rep. John Lewis, you insult America,” said Yvette Clarke, one of five representatives for New York who plan to to boycott the event. California Rep. Ted Lieu said: “For me, the personal decision not to attend Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.”

Is the Inauguration a day for defiance? A time to take a stand or are these lawmakers setting a bad example on a day which is meant to mark the United States of America?

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  • Patrick Madden Senior reporter, WAMU.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee Democratic congresswoman representing California's 13th District.
  • Annie Karni White House reporter, Politico.
  • Elahe Izadi Pop culture writer, The Washington Post.

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