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Clay won't attend Trump inaugural

Clay won't attend Trump inaugural

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Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO/1st). (MCT)

WASHINGTON • Rep. William Lacy Clay will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration next week, but will be “back home in St. Louis speaking to school kids,” his spokesman said late Friday.

That news came on the same day that Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., also said he would not attend the inaugural, after telling NBC that he did not think that the Republican Trump was legitimately elected.

Other members of the St. Louis-area congressional delegation, including Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., plan to be on stage for Trump’s inaugural on Friday.

The platform on the west side of the Capitol is built for 1,600 people, including all 535 members of Congress. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will emcee the inaugural as chair of the Senate Rules Committee.

Clay spokesman Steve Engelhardt told the Post-Dispatch he would know the school at which Clay will speak sometime next week.

Clay, D-St. Louis, told the Post-Dispatch last month that he was willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt if his policies “are in the best interest of my constituents in St. Louis, and working families across this country.

“If not, I will vigorously oppose him,” Clay said.

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Chuck Raasch is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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