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Miami congresswoman to Donald Trump: ‘Please do not tweet anymore’

16

January

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson plans to skip Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump – but not because she’s boycotting it, exactly.

The Miami Gardens Democrat never intended to attend, because her goddaughter’s getting married Saturday. A handful of Democratic members of Congress have said they won’t go to the inauguration in protest of Trump.

“My constituents have been calling and emailing me, asking me not to go to the inauguration,” Wilson told reporters in Miami on Monday. “They’re disturbed.”

Wilson said after Trump became the Republican nominee, she steeled herself to work with him – despite their ideological disagreements – on criminal justice issues. But Trump’s appointments have made her question her resolve.

“I’m wondering, ‘How can I work with him?’” she said.

Wilson spoke at a breakfast for her signature mentoring program, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. Her invited guest for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event was U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who said Friday Trump isn’t a “legitimate president” because of Russian interference in the election. Trump followed up by slamming Lewis, a leader of the civil-rights movement, on Twitter.

“To have a president who responds to everything someone says on Twitter is disagraceful,” Wilson said. “He’s not a good role model for our children.”

“Please do not tweet anymore,” Wilson implored Trump. “All it does is, it causes divisions in our country. People have the right to express their opinions. You don’t have to tweet a response to everything a public official says. That is so unpresidential.”

[Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2017 10:38am]

    

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