After blasting Republicans for eight years for disrespecting President Barack Obama, Democrats are rallying around Rep. John Lewis and refusing to attend the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. At least 20 House Democrats have announced their intention to skip Friday’s ceremony, with many of them citing Trump’s war of words with Lewis as the motivating factor.
That war began when Lewis – who must, by law, be referred to as a “civil rights icon” at least once in every written article about him – told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he did not view Trump as a “legitimate president” due to allegations of Russian meddling.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis said, announcing that he would not attend Trump’s inauguration.
Trump launched a counterattack on Twitter, as the president-elect is wont to do.
“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,” Trump wrote. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
This angered the Democratic/Media axis of evil, and the whole of liberal Washington pounced at the opportunity to once again feel superior to Donald Trump. Even former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele got in on the action, telling Trump “Don’t go there” in an MSNBC interview.
“For me, the personal decision not to attend the inauguration is quite simple,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California. “Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.”
Well, it’s not that simple, is it? The decision is whether you stand with John Lewis or with the American people who voted to make Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. Do you agree that Trump is an “illegitimate” president or do you still believe in the democratic system? Which is it, Mr. Lieu?
As irritating as the Democrats will be – in both a psychological and governmental sense – over the next four years, there is a bit of satisfaction in watching them fall so sloppily off their moral high horse. The obstructionist shoe is now on the other foot, and it seems to be a perfect fit! How unexpected.
Get comfy, Democrats. Insulting a president you don’t like won’t make him go away.
Trust us on that one.