Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Re-counting the votes didn’t change the outcome, convincing Electoral College electors to go rogue fizzled, blaming the Russians has had no real effect, but now, amid renewed cries by the left that Donald Trump was not legitimately elected, more than 50 House Democrats have declared they will not attend the inauguration Friday.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Along with alleged Russian interference in the election, Democrats and their progressive allies have complained of what they describe as divisive and troubling Trump policies that prevent them from acknowledging the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency. Then, when Trump reacted strongly to Democrat Rep. John Lewis’ statement in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” broadcast Sunday that Trump’s victory was illegitimate, the number of Congress members skipping the inauguration spiked, the Washington Post reported.

Trump tweeted that Lewis, a prominent civil rights activist in the 1950 and ’60s, is “all talk, talk, talk” and should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities.”

One of the congressional boycotters, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., told MSNBC’s Chris Matthew that impeachment proceedings against Trump should commence even before he is in office because, among other things, she claimed, Russia gave Trump the “crooked Hillary” slogan he used to defeat the Democratic Party candidate.

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Referring to the inauguration, Waters, said she “never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events.”

“I don’t like the way he has misled people, the way he has lied. I don’t like the way he’s disparaged folks,” she said.

“I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him, and I don’t want to be involved with him,” Waters said.

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Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., ran a Twitter poll asking whether she should attend the inauguration. She announced Tuesday she won’t attend after declaring the poll closed with 84 percent of respondents saying she should boycott.

The Trump team said it will give away the tickets of Democrats who won’t attend the inauguration.

“We’d love for every member of Congress to attend but if they don’t, we’ve got some great seats for others to partake in,” Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday. “It’s a shame that these folks don’t want to be part of the peaceful transfer of power.”

WND reported Monday an undercover video of leftists meeting in Washington, D.C., exposed a plot to use foul-smelling butyric acid to disrupt the “Deploraball” event in honor of Trump’s inauguration.

The video released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showed the DC Anti-Fascist Coalition already had scouted the National Press Club building, and members were confident they could release acid there “with no negative consequences for our side, nor any collateral damage.” ZeroHedge later reported a member of the coalition who appears in the video, Luke Kuhn, made a number of Internet posts online advocating for the legalization of pedophilia while a member of the Utopian Anarchist Party in the late 1990s.

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The Hill reported gun-control advocates plan to protest policies supported by Trump during the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, asserting gun violence “disproportionately affects women.”

“The NRA leadership’s agenda is a threat to women everywhere,” said a spokesman for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Their leadership has a history of misogyny and the policies they back make it easy for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns.”

‘D.C. braces’

Establishment media outlets, meanwhile, cast a decidedly negative view of the upcoming Trump administration:

The Washington Post’s opinion section also was full of bad news about Trump.

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Variety’s inauguration cover features filmmaker Michael Moore and former Obama “green jobs czar” Van Jones, who resigned in controversy over his radical activism.

Variety

‘Destruction of black America’

Trump on Tuesday accused Lewis of falsely claiming in the NBC interview it would be the first inauguration he has missed. The president-elect tweeted Lewis “boycotted Bush 43 also because he ‘thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in,” contending Bush was not legitimately elected.

A Lewis spokesman admitted Lewis did not attend Bush’s first inaugural, saying he forgot about it, as “it was almost 20 years ago.”

Mason Weaver, a former Black Panther, turned the tables on Lewis Monday night in an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, calling the Georgia Democrat an “illegitimate congressman.”

He accused Lewis of enriching himself during his 30 years in Congress while presiding over the “destruction of black America.”

“He has gotten rich, people have gotten poor. The Black Caucus has got more power and influence, and the black people they preside over has gotten poor. More drugs, more gangs, less business, less home ownership, less education, more jail, more drugs,” Weaver said.

“Now if you did that in your job, you’d be fired. If you did that anyplace else, you’d be fired.”

Weaver said the “worse black people are, the poorer we are, the stronger the Democratic Caucus is.”

“The more powerful Democrats are, the worse black people are,” he said.

“Everyplace you find black people and Democrats, you find poverty.”

‘100 days of action’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is using his official mayoral Twitter account to promote a protest march scheduled for Thursday outside of the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York City to launch “100 days of action” against President Trump.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

De Blasio tweeted: “I’m rallying at Trump Int’l Hotel at 6PM on Jan. 19 because our next president needs to hear from all NYers before he takes office. Join us.”

In another tweet he said: “Let’s begin 100 days of action for our values. As Lincoln once said, here in NYC, let us have faith that RIGHT makes MIGHT.”

The mayor specified one of the protesters’ concerns is the fate of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress have vowed to repeal and replace with a new plan.

“Our next president must remember that thousands of NYers’ lives rely on the ACA. That’s a message I’ll bring to Trump Int’l Hotel Jan. 19th,” he wrote.

Twitchy.com, the conservative Twitter-oriented news site, said it looks like de Blasio is using taxpayer resources to promote the protest.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Also attending the march are Rev. Al Sharpton, Moore, and actors Mark Ruffalo and Alec Baldwin.

“We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow and every day,” Ruffalo said in a statement.

He said participants “are coming together to stand up for one another, as we will do every day, to protect the values we hold dear.”

WNBC-TV in New York City said the demonstration also aims to spotlight actions that cities can take, such reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The activists are concerned that Trump’s choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, current Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has questioned the scientists who claim man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing catastrophic global warming.

One entertainment figure taking a contrary stance on the transition of power is self-declared “Hollywood conservative” Chuck Woolery.

The game-show host tweeted: “#Communists and #Marxists in this country always celebrate when #Democrats take over and March in protest when #Republicans take power.”

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