We were frankly more concerned in the run up to the election to the possibilities of vote tampering, which we did not see evidence of. And we’re confident that we can guard against. – President Barack Hussein Obama, December 13, 2016
The Washington Post reports that
The number of Democratic lawmakers planning to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony Friday is growing, with more joining in the boycott after the president-elect took to Twitter over the weekend to rebuke civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) for saying Mr. Trump wasn’t a “legitimate president.”
At least 20 lawmakers, all Democratic members of the House, have said they wouldn’t attend. Some are citing the president-elect’s past lewd comments about women and remarks about illegal immigrants; others, such as Mr. Lewis, cite accusations of Russian-backed hacking of political committees during the 2016 election.
“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Mr. Lewis told NBC in comments released Friday. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
Mr. Lewis’ comments prompted Mr. Trump to say Saturday on Twitter that the lawmaker should focus on his district. He said Mr. Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was beaten during the Civil Rights era, was “all talk, talk, talk—no action or results. Sad!”
Some Democratic lawmaker cited Mr. Trump’s comments about Mr. Lewis in announcing they wouldn’t attend the inauguration.
“For me, the personal decision not to attend [the] inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis,” Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D., Calif.) said in a statement Saturday. He also cited comments on other matters by Mr. Trump that he termed “un-American.’’
Inaugural events are usually attended by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. A bipartisan committee known as the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is responsible for the swearing-in ceremonies and a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, speaking Sunday on Fox News, said he was “disappointed” in Mr. Lewis’ comments and hoped the lawmaker would reconsider his boycott.
“Donald Trump has the right to defend himself,” Mr. Pence also said.
Reince Priebus, Mr. Trump’s choice to be White House chief of staff, described Mr. Lewis’s allegation about Russian influence in the election as “insanity” and “wrong.”
He pointed to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s recent statement that there was no information to suggest Russian hackers changed vote tallies or interfered with voting systems in the presidential election.
“I think it’s incredibly disappointing, and I think it’s irresponsible for people like [Mr. Lewis] to question the legitimacy of the next United States president,’’ Mr. Priebus told ABC. “I think putting the United States down across the world is not something a responsible person does.”
Denis McDonough, chief of staff to President Barack Obama, defended Mr. Lewis but said he disagreed Mr. Trump isn’t “legitimate.” He noted that Mr. Obama said he believes Mr. Trump is “the freely elected president.”
Still, Mr. McDonough said on CNN that intelligence shows the Russians “did intervene, and they did intervene with the purpose of helping one candidate and hurting the other. So, these are by no means trivial concerns.”
Democratic Party leadership isn’t taking part in the boycott of Mr. Trump’s inauguration. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told NPR on Friday that she would attend, to mark “the peaceful transfer of power and, in this case, from one party to the next.”
In December, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) became one of the first to announce he wouldn’t attend, citing comments Mr. Trump had made about women, immigrants and people of color.
“I cannot go to [the] inauguration of a man who’s going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women and turn back the clock on immigrants and the safety and freedom that we fought for them,” Mr. Gutierrez said last month.
Other lawmakers who have said they wouldn’t attend inaugural events are Rep. Katherine Clark (D., Mass.), Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), Rep. Jared Huffman (D., Calif.), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D., Calif.), Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.) Rep. Adam Smith, (D., Wash)., Rep. Barbara Lee (D, Calif.), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D, Ariz.), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.), Rep. José E. Serrano (D., N.Y.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D., N.Y.), Rep. Mark Takano (D., Calif.), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D., N.Y.), Rep. Judy Chu (D., Calif.), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D., N.Y.)
Mr. McDonough, Sunday on CNN, suggested Mr. Lewis and Mr. Trump work together on social policy.
“My hope would be that the president-elect would reach out to somebody as consequential and somebody who is such a leader as John Lewis, who has done so many things over the course of his life, to try to work this out,” Mr. McDonough said.
Oh, bite me, McDonough.
President-Elect Trump should not apologize.
America has just lived through 8 long years of our Republican Congressmen (and women) being “mannerly” and bowing in deference, nine times our of 10, to the Democrats and their fallen messiah, Barack Hussein Obama.
It all started on January 23, 2009, when, while meeting with Congressional members to discuss his “this-can’t-fail” Stimulus Package, newly-inaugurated President Obama told those assembled exactly who was in charge, as politico.com related…
President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
After that, instead of practicing open acts of defiance, Vichy Republicans meekly acquiesced to Obama’s socialization of America, forgetting that they were supposed to be the “Opposition Party”…until Americans at the Grass Roots Level, started the TEA Party Movement, and reminded them who their bosses were, sending more Republicans to Congress, in both 2012 and 2014, giving the GOP complete control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Then on November 8th, 2016, Americans once again rose up on our hind legs, and elected American Businessman and Entrepreneur Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America.
And, ever since the night that Trump was declared the winner, fueled by the money of George Soros and other behind the scenes wealthy Progressives, who have been roaming the Halls of Power in Washington, DC with impunity for the last 8 years, professional and amateur political pundits and the so-called “Democratic Leadership”, buoyed by the unrelenting anti-Trump Propaganda vomited, seeming hourly, by the Main Stream Media, have engaged in a National Temper Tantrum, in a desperate effort to somehow overthrow the will of the America people, negating the Constitutional Election of Donald J. Trump.
These Liberals/Progressives/Cry Babies have come up with every excuse in the book as to why they lost the President Election.
They blamed the ignorance of voters in America’s Heartland. They blamed Conservative Talk Radio. They blamed Conservative American Bloggers, like myself. They blamed Christians, again, like myself. They have even blamed a nonexistent interference by the Russians, which, as noted, by the quote at the beginning of this post, even Obama himself said did not involve vote tampering.
If anyone should apologize, it is John Lewis, the Obama Administration, the Main Stream Media, and the rest of the Democratic Party.
Their incessant whining, their violent behavior, and their immaturity are embarrassing, not just to American Voters. They have beclowned themselves in front of the entire world.
As mandated by tradition and the documents written and signed by our Founding Fathers, the American Presidency is supposedly to be relinquished through a smooth and orderly transition of power, in which our elected representatives in Washington, DC act with sophistication and grace.
Instead, the Democrats are conducting themselves in a manner reminiscent of the Campfire Scene in Mel Brook’s Classic Movie, “Blazing Saddles”.
How ’bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?
Taggart: [fans his hat in the air] I’d say you’ve had enough!
With four days left in America’s 8-Year Nightmare, it is way past time for the Democrats to end their Pity Party over their lousy candidate losing the Presidential Election.
Just like Mr. Taggart (the late, great Slim Pickens) in the movie…
Americans have had enough the hot air which the Dems have been expelling…and the foul smell which it has left behind.
Until He Comes,