Many of California’s congressional Democrats skipping inauguration

At least 15 of the 39 House Democrats from California are planning to boycott the presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump, according to multiple reports. 

The reasons range from district work, to disdain for Trump, to responding to Twitter polls. In all, more than 50 House Democrats are planning on skipping the event.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will attend, however, out of a sense of “responsibility” and to honor the “peaceful transition of power.” The two remaining undecided Californians are: Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles. Feinstein had a pacemaker installed last week, while Becerra is going through the confirmation process to become California’s next attorney general.

While critics are already panning the boycotts, attending the inauguration is not a requirement; skipping it in protest is uncommon but not unprecedented. Around 80 Democrats skipped the ceremony for Richard Nixon in 1973 to protest a military strike in North Vietnam. 

The only real requirement surrounding the inauguration is the oath of office being administered; everything else is a matter of “custom and tradition.” But that in itself creates a problem for Trump, said John J. Pitney, Jr., a Roy P. Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College. 

“Here is Trump’s problem. He proclaims that he is a disrupter and takes pride in flouting customs and traditions. … Accordingly, he and his defenders cannot turn around and fault the other side for flouting customs and traditions,” Pitney said. “If he wants a disruptive tenure, he’s going to get it, and he won’t like all of the results.”

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  1. Partybreaker
    Partybreaker 17 January, 2017, 18:09

    John Pitney: Trump can do anything he wants, like tell your family about you and gerbils.

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  2. DaughterofPB
    DaughterofPB 17 January, 2017, 19:18

    Reduce white employees in Californiaa government. Split savings among Latinos. We need income redistributiin.Take from white people, give it to Latinos. Don t be racist.Give your “white” house to Latinos.

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  3. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 18 January, 2017, 08:40

    If these spoiled little demac-RATS want to acts like they do let themm then they can all go and stand on their heads fly a kite and whistle Muskrat Love

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    • machiavelli
      machiavelli 18 January, 2017, 09:12

      “The peaceful transition of power” and a “responsibility” to the decorum of the event. Sounds pretty good. Either Pelosi is means what she says or she’s having guilt about doing something so “distasteful to Democrats.”

      The inauguration has always been a non-partisan and unifying moment for our nation. Those in the California pool of “whiners,” should be deeply ashamed of themselves and the reasons they are using. Quit crying and, as MLK Jr. said, reach out to the new president and find out what you can do to help make this country great again.

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  4. lb1
    lb1 18 January, 2017, 09:29

    Who cares if they show up. They are all running scared , along with that idiot Jerry Brown. They are terrified Trump might rain in on their communist , fascist agenda against the people, normal people that is. Not your everyday indoctrinated snowflake that was brain washed in there communist centers they call schools. These are the freaks that just legalized child prostitution. They all need to be arrested .

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  5. Ted R Reagan Steele
    Ted R Reagan Steele 18 January, 2017, 10:05

    why go to the ceremony— guys a Putin loving clown— sad to see the GOP go down this way….

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  6. michael
    michael 18 January, 2017, 20:02

    Trump will be raining on their parade and we will not have to wait very long as it has been announced that the executive order begin Friday.

    Liberal whiners like Ted have just began to cry. Trump is going to dismantle the democratic leadership in the this state by cutting off their federal funding. For the few of the conservatives left here we are going to have a front row seat to the fun.

    Ted to quote your heroes Obama and J Brown, “elections have consequences” and “creative destruction.”

    Have a great week

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  7. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 19 January, 2017, 08:23

    No one wants to watch the demacratic parade its all the same the usial boring hollywood celberties the same old liberal floats and dull bands of snowflakes marching and marching to the pieirs where they want right off the end

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  8. Partybreaker
    Partybreaker 19 January, 2017, 20:57

    People like John Lewis are upset because trump wants to bring a four letter word to democratic stronghold, jobs.

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  9. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 23 January, 2017, 13:20

    John Lewis looks like a orangatang with a shaved head

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