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Brooklyn congressmembers call prez-elect Trump ‘illegitimate’

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Brooklyn congress members are following Georgia Rep. John Lewis’s lead and claiming President-elect Donald Trump is not a “legitimate” president because of Russia’s influence on the election.

Lewis told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in no uncertain terms: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” and the Tweet-happy, soon-to-be commander in chief fired back in 140 characters or less, saying that Lewis, who has been attacked and arrested more than 40 times over a half-century of activism, was “all talk.”

Reps Nydia Velazquez (D–Red Hook), Yvette Clarke (D–Flatbush), and Jerry Nadler (D–Borough Park) are all refusing to go to Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 out of solidarity with Lewis — and now two are saying The Donald is not their president.

“I don’t want to pretend that this is a normal president or a normal election. This election was corrupted by the Russians, placing their fingers on the scales, by the FBI placing its finger on the scales,” Nadler said during a live interview on MSNBC this week. “It’s a legal election, we are not taking that away, but it’s not legitimate. And so I don’t particularly want to honor it that way.”

Clarke is also refusing to acknowledge Trump’s presidency as the real deal — she had been contemplating the decision to not attend for a while because of his hate-filled comments against Mexicans, Muslims, and women, but it was his lack of respect for a Civil Rights hero that put her over the edge, she said.

“I think that the political process by which we normally elect presidents in the United States was breached, and so the integrity of that has been diminished and that is cause to view this as an illegitimate process,” said Clarke. “And then I think what put the nail in the coffin was the lack of maturity that Trump has displayed in the use of his Twitter and the fact that he would respond to a Civil Rights icon like John Lewis during MLK weekend, to say such disparaging things about the people he represented in Georgia, that was a done deal.”

But Velazquez won’t go as far as her colleagues to declare Trump an illegitimate president — though she plans to skip Inauguration Day and instead march with thousands of women in Washington D.C. the next day.

The borough’s only Republican rep in Washington, Congressman Dan Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) will proudly attends the Jan. 20 ceremony, though he respects his colleagues for their own decisions and will still work with them across the aisle, he said.

“My colleagues are exercising their right,” he said. “I am going to attend, I think it’s an incredible moment in our history. I hope my other colleagues who supported Clinton, that they would get behind the president, because his success will be America’s success.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, January 19, 2017
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Wanda from Park Slope says:
No surprise that the Catholics are trying to call him illegitimate - as if whether his parents were married or not matters. It's amazing that they allow their outdated religious values to dominate. One of them, Nydia Velazquez, isn't even even an American. She moves to this country, then tries to turn it into a Catholic dictatorship like her home country.
Jan. 19, 2017, 10:02 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Trump's ex-wife called him a bastard, and she should know.
Jan. 19, 2017, 2:13 pm
mrparker from Park Slope says:
Barack Obama is a bastard, and we all know it.
Jan. 19, 2017, 10:10 pm
Sara from Clinton Hill says:
Good to see Democrats growing a backbone!
Jan. 20, 2017, 10:36 am
Stan Chaz from Greenpoint says:
The term "illegitimate" is much much too kind for this dangerous bigoted buffoon.
But..
Who's your real daddy Donald?
Where were YOU born?
Putin's too young
Maybe Joe Stalin?
I see the resemblance.
Just like the Republicans stonewalled Obama from day one and denied him legitimacy for 8 long years, we must do the same with this creep, only double, triple...
Jan. 20, 2017, 11:53 am
Janice from Marine Park says:
As a life long democrat, raised, schooled, residing, and employed in various multicultural settings...my eyes were opened by the hateful, greedy, lying, corrupt and intentionally destructive policies of the DNC, and I'll take a practical, business oriented, America first approach any day. Trump withstood all the collusion of the MSM and all of George Soros' evil efforts. HRC intended to destroy us the way Merkel and the EU is creating genocide in Europe. The elitists need to open their brainwashed eyes.
Jan. 20, 2017, 4 pm
Jimbob says:
Trump will be the greatest President ever. Congressman Nadler was appointed to congress in 1992 after the demise of Ted Weiss. Perhaps his ascension to Congress was not legitimate. And we all know once you get into Congress your seat is fairly safe.
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:03 am
WorkingmansouthBrooklyn says:
The working people love Trump. It is the elitist folk in Brooklyn from high price neighborhoods that can't stand him. That's right Trump, please restore the middle class that is the backbone of this country. The Middle class who pay the taxes so people can attend those colleges where they get a useless degree and liberal indoctrination. Trump's reforms are long overdue and I am so happy he is working from day one to make these improvements. People unfortunately get used to mediocrity in their public schools, crime and hopelessness in the inner cities, lack of good entry level jobs. Doesn't have to be that way.
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:09 am
Blake from Ditmas Park says:
Congress Woman Clarke rallied to her constituents in need last week. Very impressed and this community is about to get active. So long Donovan. So long Marty Golden. It might take a while, but already plannign for 2018.
Jan. 31, 2017, 1:03 am

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