Donald Trump says Democrats shunning his inauguration this Friday should return their tickets.
Trump spoke during an interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt. and said:
“As far as other people not going, that’s OK, because we need seats so badly. No, what happens to their tickets? I hope they’re gonna give us their tickets. I hope they give me their tickets.”
A growing number of Democrats have said they will break with tradition and skip Trump’s presidential inauguration in three days.
Currently, at least 54 House Democrats have pledged they will not attend the event, according to The Hill’s whip list. Democrats initially vowed they would not attend Trump’s swearing-in after last year’s bitter presidential campaign.
The number of boycotters has swelled, however, following Trump’s ongoing feud with Rep. John Lewis.
Lewis said last week he does not view Trump as a “legitimate president,” pointing to intelligence reports that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race. The civil rights icon also said he would not attend Trump’s inauguration, leading the president-elect to accuse him of being “all talk” and “no action” on Twitter.
Trump on Wednesday mocked Lewis, meanwhile, for saying he had never boycotted an inauguration despite doing so during former President George W. Bush’s in 2001.
“He conveniently doesn’t remember. How do you forget if you go to an inauguration? I can tell you when I was at inaugurations and you don’t forget something like that.”