US representatives from NYC to boycott Trump inauguration

Dozens of congressional leaders say they plan to boycott the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States Friday, including some from New York City.

"The Russian hacking, the plot to undermine elections and the information I heard there was extremely disturbing," says Rep. Yvette Clarke, of Brooklyn. "It put things into context for me to a large extent."

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, of the Bronx, says he has a problem with the backgrounds of some of Trump's Cabinet picks.

"The people Trump is appointing -- Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions -- are trying to take us back," Espaillat says. "That's why I am not attending the presidential inauguration. Donald Trump and the hate-filled rhetoric that plagued his election simply will continue in his administration."

Reps. Jerry Nadler and Jose Serrano announced they would not attend on Twitter, which the president-elect uses frequently.

Rep. John Lewis, of Georgia, earlier ignited the president-elect's anger by calling his election "illegitimate" and announcing that he would boycott the inauguration. That prompted a storm of insulting tweets from Trump that soured other members of Congress enough to keep them from attending.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez says she will attend a Women's March in Washington, DC instead.

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