Donald Trump tells FOX News Channel's Ainsley Earhardt that Rep. John Lewis lied when he said this will be the first inauguration that he will not attend. In fact, Lewis skipped George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001.
From the interview with the FOX & Friends host:
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Congressman Lewis is saying he didn't remember that he skipped [President George W. Bush's] inauguration
PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP: Well, yeah. He conveniently doesn't remember. How do you forget if you go to an inauguration? I can tell you when I was at the inaugurations and you don't forget something like that.
So he got caught and it's pretty bad. And it's making him look bad, frankly.
It's a very important time. This is a transition, and a very important transition. And especially because things will be done beautifully but they will be done differently than they have been over the past 8 years, and I can say over the past 16 years, there will be a difference. And we have to have a smooth transition. And President Obama understands that very well and that's why he's been so gracious and he understands that.
And I think for him to have grandstanded, because I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie. So let's see what happens. As far as other people not going, that's OK, because we need seats so badl. I hope they give me their tickets. Are they going to give us their tickets or are they going to give them to other people? No, what happens to their tickets? I hope they're gonna give us their tickets.