Pelosi Defends Dem Boycott of Inauguration: Republicans Didn’t Show for Obama’s Inauguration
GEIST: "Leader Pelosi, I think your advice to take a deep breath is critical for the country to do. I really do. I think it's a good advice. But so many of your colleagues are not taking a deep breath. They're not going to show up today at the President's inauguration. They've taken a step further in John Lewis saying this is not a legitimate president. Do you think there’s a danger in saying that before he even takes office?"
PELOSI: "I think a lot of people think that and he gave expression to it. If it were anybody but John Lewis, it would be a different story. But I keep asking for the numbers. How many Republicans did not show up for Barack Obama’s inaugurations, and there are a number of them. Although they say we don’t have the records, you can see how many people showed up and figure out how many were Republicans, so there were quite a few. This is just spontaneous again, organic. Members have made their own decision. By the way, a number of them weren’t coming even before President-elect Trump made his unfortunate remarks about an icon in our country, John Lewis."