‘Why would you abandon America?’ Newt Gingrich says Democrats boycotting Trump’s inaugural make themselves look ‘small and silly’ as their numbers grow to 65

Thursday, January 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

The latest tally has 65 Democratic representatives saying they would participate in a boycott of Donald trump’s inaugural – more than one-third of their caucus
Senate Dems are not breaking with tradition despite differences with Trump
Newt Gingrich, a former Republican Speaker of the House, said Ronald Reagan would have called them ‘childish’
He said the boycotters were ‘small and silly’ and doomed to remain a minority if they keep pandering to their far left flank
Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis said he’s not attending, claiming in an interview that Trump is not a ‘legitimate’ president’
He also said he’d never skipped an inauguration before, something Trump later branded ‘a lie’ when it was learned that he skipped George W. Bush’s in 2001

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
19 January 2017

A former speaker of the House said Thursday that the roughly 60 Democratic members of Congress who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration should hang their heads in shame.

‘If you’re a member of Congress, if you work that hard to get to be a part of the system … all they’re doing is make themselves look small and silly,’ Newt Gingrich told ‘Fox & Friends’ hosts.

And the onetime conservative revolutionary, who led the Republican Party to a House majority in 1994 after four decades of back-benching, warned Democrats that their partisan stand could backfire.

‘I mean, their left loves them. But as we used to learn the hard way, you know, you can have your partisans love you for a long time and stay in the minority.’

Asked what the late President Ronald Reagan would think of the boycott, Gingrich shot back: ‘That they’re childish and silly.’

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