I feel it is an national disgrace that a number of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives — at least 68 so far — have stated they will boycott the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump ("Rep. Elijah Cummings will attend Trump inauguration," Jan. 18). They're hoping that their actions will somehow delegitimize our 45th president.
The level of hypocrisy by the Democratic Party has reached a new low. As much as the Republicans disagreed with President Barack Obama (and they surely did), I don't recall anybody on that side boycotting Mr. Obama's inauguration. This boycott, led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, is a disgrace to our republic. And Mr. Lewis, having stated that he hasn't missed an inauguration since 1987, is proving to have a little problem with his math. It turns out this once-great civil rights icon also boycotted the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001 and again cited presidential legitimacy as his reason.
I guess it's easy to forget which inaugurations you boycott and which ones you attend when you're always so outraged. The Democrats are facing irrelevancy and they know it so they've turned to Mr. Lewis to be their pointman for attacking Mr. Trump.
And don't give me this Russian hacking nonsense as the reason Hillary Clinton lost. If the Russians were so successful at hacking our election, how come former Secretary of State Clinton won the popular vote by over 2 million votes? No, Ms. Clinton lost because she took for granted voters in several states that she thought were safely in her column and did not campaign in those states. Also, she basically ignored the working class in her attempt to appease the far left trying to fend off the socialist candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Note to the Democratic Party: The whole world is watching and you are showing them what you really are — a bunch of crybaby hypocrites.
Mark Wilson, Fallston