January 17, 2017 | by Arthur Seaton
Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. On January 20, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the Unites States of America. Over a million Americans are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony and festivities afterward.
Absent will be fifty-plus elected Democrats who are boycotting the event. Rep. John Lewis(D-Ga.) started the boycott when he told NBC’s Chuck Todd “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”
When Trump responded on Twitter saying that, “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. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
Democrats, the media and left-wing groups when ballistic, describing how Lewis was beaten during the civil rights march on Selma, Ala., and saying that Trump has no right to question Lewis’ remarks. They also expressed their support for Lewis’ decision not to attend the inauguration, and more have now joined the boycott. In their eyes, whatever Lewis says is above reproach, and because of his involvement in the struggle for civil rights, whatever he says is not to be questioned.
Democrat questioning of a presidents legitimacy is nothing new. Lewis also skipped out on President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001, saying that he too, was “illegitimate.”
While Republicans routinely approve a Democrat president’s nominees for cabinet posts with little fanfare. Seven of President Obama’s cabinet nominees were approved on the day of his inauguration. The Left however, doesn’t adhere to the “advise and consent” clause of the Constitution.
In the last 30 years or so, the Democrat party’s approach to election results, cabinet nominees and other outcomes they disagree with are quite different. They have become more venomous and petty. Democrats prefer to insult, denigrate and make outrageous accusations that they know aren’t true. Democrats show have no respect for a Republican president’s nominees at all. They invent scandals, even the most absurd.
With no facts, Democrats claimed that someone had flown Vice-Presidential nominee George H.W. Bush to Paris aboard an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane during the 1980 presidential race to convince the Iranian government not to release the American hostages that were being held after the U.S. Embassy was overrun in Tehran to help GOP presidential candidate Ronald Reagan win the presidency against Pres. Jimmy Carter. Democrat Tom Foley, then House Speaker, said: “The seriousness of the charge mandates that we investigate this.” “Even though there is no evidence,” he said, “the seriousness of the charge is what matters.” It didn’t matter that everyone knew the charge was false, Democrats wanted to put on a show. The accusation was found to be the fiction of someone’s delusional imagination and the matter was dropped.
The examples are, sadly, many. There is no depth that the left won’t go to either retain or gain power.
This election cycle is showing that Democrats are becoming unhinged in their hatred for those on the right. They have whipped up a frenzy of hatred toward Trump, making wild statements and accusations that hinge on bizarre. Left-wing protesters are going to be out in force Friday, with some groups threatening violence. Others have communicated their desire to disrupt the Balls that are taking place after the inauguration. Not one Democrat has stood up and said, ” This represents the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the incoming president. Respect the process of our Democracy.”
For whom are they rooting Friday, anarchy or order? Their actions and words, or lack thereof speaks volumes.