DeSaulnier to sit out innauguration

District 11 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier released a statement Friday, Jan. 13 declaring that he will not be attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20 due to him not being able to “sit idly by and normalize a president who has displayed disregard for our past traditions and Constitution.”

DeSaulnier explained that the inauguration is a time for the President to “ignite hope, demonstrate humility, and espouse faithfulness to the principles enumerated in the Constitution,” but because he has been watching, listening and hoping during this transition period that Trump would stop his controversial behavior, and hasn’t, is why [DeSaulnier] will not be in attendance.

“Sadly, we have witnessed one polarizing action after another,” said DeSaulnier.  “Since being elected, he has demonstrated hostility toward our free and open press, committed to gutting health insurance for millions of hardworking families, and is filling his cabinet with nominees more closely aligned with Wall Street than Main Street.”

This decision came in the midst of Trump’s twitter spree regarding Georgia Rep. and Civil Rights icon John Lewis’ comments Friday when he said he does not see the President-elect as a “legitimate candidate,” and plans to boycott the inauguration.

Trump’s twitter responses to Lewis began early Saturday morning.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” said the President-elect.

“All talk, talk, and talk ‑- no action or results. Sad!” Trump added about the civil rights fighter  

Many people on social media were displeased with Trumps outburst towards Lewis, expressing how disrespectful it was to attack a civil rights leader on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day – one of the people coming to Lewis’ defense being DeSaulnier.

DeSaulnier is one out of 24 legislators ‑- seven of them representing California ‑- who will not be attending Trumps swearing-in this upcoming Friday.