LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat from California,  announced Friday that he will not attend the Inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

“The peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next is a uniquely American tradition that defines our democracy. Inaugurations are a time for our Presidents to ignite hope, demonstrate humility, and espouse faithfulness to the principles enumerated in the Constitution. The President-elect has yet to demonstrate these traits, and it is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the Inauguration on January 20, 2017,” DeSaulnier wrote.

He added, “I was hopeful the President-elect would turn away from the divisive and contentious behavior exhibited during the campaign and embrace a message to unify all Americans. Sadly, we have witnessed one polarizing action after another. 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.”

DeSaulnier — who represents California’s 11th district — is clearly not a fan of the way the incoming president does business.

“As a student of American history, I cannot sit idly by and normalize a president who has displayed disregard for our past traditions and Constitution. In this critical period of transition, I am reminded of when Benjamin Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention at its completion and approached a group of citizens, one of whom asked ‘Mr. Franklin, what have you given us?’ to which he replied ‘A republic, if you can keep it.’ On Inauguration Day, I will not be in attendance, but instead preparing to do all I can to keep our republic,”

For more about the congressman, first elected in 2014, click here.


Comments (5)
  1. Yes congressman this is a Republic and not a democracy or a socialist democracy that it seems that most California politicians seem to want to push down our throats. California is ruled by ultra-left socialist elites bent on shoving the communist green party agenda down our throats. Why??? Not because of the environment but because of the money that is fed into your campaigns by their super PACs. So stay home Congressman and guess what. We won and you lost so we could care less if you or any of your cohorts show up. We are truly going to make America Great again. You and your party offered eight years of “Hope and Change” and we excepted it. Didn’t cry and whine, we gave your candidate and your party a chance. Well guess what your party lost because Hope and Change was totally rejected after 8 long years. Why you ask?? Well, because it didn’t work for the true middle class and the working man of which your party has left in the dust because you have become the ultra-left elite.

  2. You were elected to represent Calif in all means possible and by this action you are NOT !! So you know their will be consequences to this kind of action and the the other side will have a long long memory. What do you think the Demos’ are going to be able to get thru congress and now you want to do a stupid, stupid stunt like this and ruin any chance of getting anything done to represent us, who put you there to get things done and hope fully help Calif. Remember this, We the People, are bigger than you the peon !!

    1. I can only hope more people in the state think like you George. Calif. is in for a very bumpy ride as it is and reps. like this, Waters, and Harris aren’t helping.

      1. Thank You Craig, I can understand a sore looser in a sporting game but this is our rep (for now) making a statement, that is going to hurt Calif in the long run.

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