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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:11 AM

On CNN this morning Smerconish made an aside comment that it was wrong for Democrats not to be

at trump’s inauguration. That is absolutely wrong. Not only were the Congressional Democratic leaders were there, but so were Hillary, Obama, Carter, etc.

I took that comment by Smerconish as a not so subtle way to setup a false equivalency

Another problem I have is the media rewriting history that the transition delay with bush v gore was a contributing factor on not preventing 9/11

It is funny they forget that when bush took office, the Clinton administration gave them a report by Hart and Rudman, that specifically addressed the threat al queada(sic) poised to the U.S., and our vulnerability with very real possibility of terrorist attacks by them in the U.S.

The bush administration threw that report away, and said they would do there own

Not only did they ignore that report, but they also ignored the infamous PDB

It would be nice if some in the media actually represented the historical record correctly


https://www.brookings.edu/events/rudman-hart-commission-warns-of-terrorist-attack-why-did-the-news-media-ignore-it/



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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:14 AM

1. Joe Biden made a speech warning us on September 10, 2001.

At the national press club. Seems like it was completely forgotten after the attack. It’s probably on C-SPAN archive

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Response to Walleye (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:24 PM

25. William Rivers Pitt

wrote an incredible piece just after 9/11 on all the work/research Al Gore had done. Gore even told of the airport that was most vulnerable due to their greater lack of security....etc etc.

I had his article, but seem to have lost it. I wish someone out there could find it, because it was an incredible piece of writing about the entire pre 9/11 ignorance by those in power.

As with everything else, our news is filtered thru our "Mass Media" which is almost predominately controlled by Republican owners....

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:06 PM

27. I always say that the media is only as liberal as its corporate owners.

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:20 PM

30. It seems it's always up to the Democrats to actually govern. Republican tribalism is killing us

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:27 PM

32. I think this is a surviving version, the originals lost to defunct websites and linkrot...

Pitt himself was a DU regular back at that time, but he wore out he welcome through abusive behavior and by violating one of the central purposes of this site, "Support Democrats."


But this is from earlier, when he was still doing good work:

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00377/uq-wire-clinton-911-and-the-facts.htm

One snippet:
Measures taken by the Clinton administration to thwart international terrorism and bin Laden's network were historic, unprecedented and, sadly, not followed up on. Consider the steps offered by Clinton's 1996 omnibus anti-terror legislation, the pricetag for which stood at $1.097 billion. The following is a partial list of the initiatives offered by the Clinton anti-terrorism bill:

Screen Checked Baggage: $91.1 million
Screen Carry-On Baggage: $37.8 million
Passenger Profiling: $10 million
Screener Training: $5.3 million
Screen Passengers (portals) and Document Scanners: $1 million
Deploying Existing Technology to Inspect International Air Cargo: $31.4
million
Provide Additional Air/Counterterrorism Security: $26.6 million
Explosives Detection Training: $1.8 million
Augment FAA Security Research: $20 million
Customs Service: Explosives and Radiation Detection Equipment at Ports: $2.2 million
Anti-Terrorism Assistance to Foreign Governments: $2 million
Capacity to Collect and Assemble Explosives Data: $2.1 million
Improve Domestic Intelligence: $38.9 million
Critical Incident Response Teams for Post-Blast Deployment: $7.2 million
Additional Security for Federal Facilities: $6.7 million
Firefighter/Emergency Services Financial Assistance: $2.7 million
Public Building and Museum Security: $7.3 million
Improve Technology to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling: $8 million
Critical Incident Response Facility: $2 million
Counter-Terrorism Fund: $35 million
Explosives Intelligence and Support Systems: $14.2 million
Office of Emergency Preparedness: $5.8 million

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Response to JHB (Reply #32)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:26 PM

35. Thank you

This article is good, but not the one I was thinking about.

Yes, he did much to alert us in those years......

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:29 PM

33. A lot of his writings were published at truthout.org.

I checked their website, but only found his articles going back to 2010. If you can remember the exact year of the article, you might be able to contact them and ask if they have it still.

I also tried a google search and found this article, but I’m not sure this is it.

http://www.blacklistedjournalist.com/column101d.html

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #33)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:42 PM

36. Thank you

But it is not he article I was thinking about.
I have searched and searched and can't find it anywhere on the internet. I printed it out at the time, and somehow have seemed to have misplaced it. It was hard core on all the work that Al Gore had done on terrorism threats and that he had handed it to the infamous Condi Rice and she threw it in the trash. It basically predicted how they were going to pull off 9/11 as a distinct possibility.
And which airport they would use because of the extreme lack of security that airport had compared to all the others in the nation Gore had investigated. He wrote about all the FBI agents in Phoenix alerting headquarters about Flight Schools calling them, warning them about mid-eastern students that were in their school, and only studying the flying of the plane, not take offs and landings which were 90% of their curriculum. And how Louis Frei?, head of the FBI, threw away the many alerts they were sending to him......

I didn't realize that Pitt was blacklisted for his criticisms of Democrats. DU has slapped my hand and deleted my comments daring to even question a democrat's actions......even with it being a constructive criticism......

I have a lapel button from the 60's that says: "Question Authority" I took crap for it in the 60's and just look where that attitude has gotten us in the time since........

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:15 AM

2. Re the 9/11 issue

I think the "9/11 Commission Report" (or whatever the official title was) is the source of that conclusion about the delay, not the press. fwiw

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:37 AM

12. True, but I am seeing too many in the press or perhaps their guests push the transition delay with

the bush v Gore as a major contributory factor in the lack of 9/11 prevention, and that is not the major factor. The major factor was because the arrogance of the bush administration ignoring all the warnings

While the delays in a transition is a security risk, implying that was a major reason we were not able to prevent 9/11 is not accurate

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Response to still_one (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 12:43 PM

20. Agreed. nt

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Response to still_one (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:52 PM

37. Agreed

The Bush admin, more realistically the Cheney/Rumsfeld administration, ignored HUGE warnings.

Previously 1997? Cheney and other Republican leaders had written something like a Republican "Manifesto" of what they wanted to do in the future.

The titled it PNAC.....Project New American Century.

After listing in page after page what they wanted to "accomplish", there was a statement something like: "Of course without a Pearl Harbor kind of "situation" occurring, it will take decades to accomplish...

Holy Shit...................

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 22, 2020, 08:36 AM

38. There was quite the healthy "creative speculation" discussion for years about 9/11

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but personally found a lot to speculate about that did not require much creativity given the confluence of facts...

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:36 PM

26. About 3 weeks, USA will be having 9/11 every day of Covid deaths, if trend continues


I see no big change in behaviour or big increase in level of fear to motivate a change in behaviour until after Thanks Virus Giving.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #26)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:32 PM

34. check this out:

Last night, I was talking to someone I know Re: possible slow down of the number of people flying.......


"Yesterday (Thursday) was the busiest numbers day in the NAS (National Airspace System) since the outbreak started. I don't think we beat it today (Friday) but tomorrow (Saturday) is supposed to blow it out of the water. They have already called in extra air traffic controllers and cancelled training. I wish I could report that people are taking it serious and not traveling but its just not the case. Who knows what the fallout from this will be”………...

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:17 AM

3. Smerconish

Smerconish is the king of false-equivalencies. His “both-siderism” has been on full display for years.

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:19 AM

4. That's his "brand"

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:26 AM

8. I am pretty sure he is a republican

I quit watching him before Trump, I could not stand him.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:01 PM

21. Yes, I've always thought he was a Republican. The Wall Street variant.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:17 PM

29. Oh he is a Rethug. When I lived in the Philly he had a nighttime talk show and it was all RW.

He wasn't as bad as some of the more vitriolic RWer's, but he certainly wasn't a centrist or left of center. That's probably why he got the gig on POTUS SXM (Weekdays 9:00). A tolerable righty.

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:36 AM

11. That's why he is relegated to the bad time slots

He is a perpetual B team host

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:38 AM

13. This is the first time I have seen him

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:41 AM

14. he is an evil stupid ignorant ass

always has been

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Response to rso (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:06 PM

23. +1. Stopped watching him as his commentary was misogynistic during 2016 election cycle. nt

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:20 AM

5. I refuse to watch him.

I have disliked him for years. He is a problems.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:43 AM

15. I liked him years ago when he was not on the radio.

I can barely stand him now...rarely watch more than the first 5 minutes.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:20 AM

6. I think John Lewis skipped it...

as did 69 others!

https://www.rollcall.com/2017/01/17/here-are-the-democrats-skipping-trumps-inauguration/


Here Are the Democrats Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Nearly 70 Democratic House members won’t attend Friday’s swearing-in
By Simone Pathé
Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:43am



Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott.

In a taped interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Friday, Lewis said he would not be attending the inauguration because he believes Trump is not a “legitimate president.” That provoked an early-morning Twitter tirade from Trump in which he dismissed the civil rights icon as “all talk, talk, talk.”

The criticism of Lewis prompted other members of the House Democratic Caucus to announce that they would skip the inauguration, too, out of solidarity with Lewis. Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark, California Rep. Barbara Lee, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez were among the first to announce they’d skip the inauguration, well before Lewis’ comments. They’re now being joined by Democrats from across the country, most of whom represent reliably blue districts.

Here’s a list of the Democrats who have announced they will not attend, with those who most recently announced closer to the top.

California Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Respect must be earned. Read my statement on not attending inauguration. https://t.co/Bf88ZFJGsd

— Rep. Alan Lowenthal (@RepLowenthal) January 18, 2017

Texas Rep. Filemon Vela made a last-minute decision not to attend, in part, because Trump did not include a Hispanic in his Cabinet.

Massachusetts Rep. Michael E. Capuano said Wednesday that instead of attending the inauguration, he would be holding an open-house meeting in his district.

While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural

— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) January 18, 2017

Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky:

I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will boycott this Friday’s Inauguration. pic.twitter.com/5HZt70ZFm9

— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) January 18, 2017

New York Rep. Grace Meng:

I will not be attending the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. My statement: https://t.co/vsMyae6fMy

— Grace Meng (@RepGraceMeng) January 18, 2017

Virginia Rep. A. Donald McEachin said Wednesday afternoon that his train ticket to D.C. for the inauguration will go unused. “I’m not sure what there is to celebrate,” he said.

After much thought and prayer, I will not attend the inauguration this Friday. https://t.co/IK5blOtoQ7

— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) January 18, 2017

Alabama Rep. Terri A. Sewell said Wednesday the “blatant disrespect” toward Lewis dissuaded her from attending. But she called for healing moving forward.

Prayerfully, I have decided not to attend the inauguration. I simply cannot accept the blatant disrespect of @repjohnlewis. #IStandWithJohn

— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) January 18, 2017

There’s a bridge in my district we all can gain inspiration! I invite Trump & Lewis to join me in Selma to cross that bridge as one nation!

— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) January 18, 2017

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly released a statement on Wednesday saying that he “cannot” attend Trump’s ceremony.

I will not attend Inauguration. My full statement:https://t.co/RMWFPWxCo7 pic.twitter.com/f3chbID9MA

— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) January 18, 2017

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego posted messages on social media channels, calling for supporters to oppose “Trump’s bigotries — birther conspiracies, attacks on Gold Star parents & civil rights heroes.”

We must stand against Trump’s bigotries- birther conspiracies, attacks on Gold⭐️ parents & civil rights heroes. I won’t attend inauguration.

— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) January 17, 2017

New York Rep. Louise M. Slaughter will be skipping the inauguration, a spokesman told the (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle, but the congresswoman will attend other events, including the post-inauguration luncheon.

Many of you have asked whether I will be attending the inauguration on Friday. I’m proud to #StandwithJohnLewis: https://t.co/nYVpW8k4im

— Louise Slaughter (@louiseslaughter) January 18, 2017

California Rep. Jerry McNerney told The (Stockton) Record on Monday he had a scheduling conflict that prevented him from attending, and that his absence wasn’t a protest. But on Tuesday night, he released a new statement saying, “The election of Mr. Trump lacks legitimacy.”

I will not be attending the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. Read my statement here: https://t.co/7V2wYKxJ77

— Jerry McNerney (@RepMcNerney) January 17, 2017

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson will remain in his district this weekend. An aide told The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger that “Mr. Trump’s recent insensitive and foolish remarks about civil rights hero John Lewis were far beneath the dignity of the office of the president.”

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin said in a statement Tuesday, “These are not normal times and I cannot pretend as if they are.” His decision not to attend is a change. On Sunday, he told Bethesda Magazine it was his “constitutional duty to be there.”

New Jersey Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. said in a Tuesday evening statement that he “will not celebrate [Trump’s] swearing-in to an office that he has proven unfit to hold.”

I will not celebrate @realDonaldTrump‘s swearing-in to an office that he has proven unfit to hold. pic.twitter.com/mD1iA9KpMJ

— Donald Payne Jr. (@RepDonaldPayne) January 17, 2017

Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett:

I will not be attending the inauguration this Friday. Read my statement here. pic.twitter.com/4gt6AA4u16

— Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) January 17, 2017

Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings:

I will be boycotting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. See my full statement here: https://t.co/p9F5dqoDl4

— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) January 17, 2017

California Rep. Juan Vargas:

I will not be attending the Inauguration. Instead, I will be praying for our country and for our community with the people of my district.

— Rep. Juan Vargas (@RepJuanVargas) January 17, 2017

Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley’s spokeswoman said Tuesday the congressman “fully supports the peaceful transfer of power but has chosen to spend the district workweek with those who have elected him,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski’s spokesman said the congressman “prefers working in his district and spending time with his wife to watching the inauguration ceremony and attending parties in Washington.”

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle:

I’m going to #StandWithJohnLewis. I won’t attend the Inauguration on Friday.

— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) January 17, 2017

California Rep. Tony Cárdenas said on Tuesday that he won’t attend the inauguration. Instead, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, he and his wife will participate in an hour of meditation. “While Donald Trump is being sworn in, I think a good use of my time is to promote positivity,” he said in a Wednesday statement.

I will not be attending the inauguration.
Full Statement here: https://t.co/bIpoUL0Boa pic.twitter.com/4kzbZFo5V4

— Rep. Tony Cárdenas (@RepCardenas) January 17, 2017

North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams:

Today I released the following statement about the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/gJsFkO55Me

— Alma S. Adams (@RepAdams) January 17, 2017

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying he wouldn’t attend the inauguration but would be in Washington, D.C., on Friday to greet constituents. “I respect their choice to attend,” he said.

I will not attend this year’s inauguration ceremony. Here’s why: https://t.co/APvdTrSsMV

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 17, 2017

North Carolina Rep. G. K. Butterfield:

After prayerful consideration, I cannot in good conscious attend the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump. (1/3)

— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) January 17, 2017

Texas Rep. Al Green said in a statement that he would not “attend the inauguration because conscience says it is the right thing to do.”

Congressman Al Green’s Statement on the 2017 Presidential Inauguration: https://t.co/QTww2wasHT

— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) January 17, 2017

New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is the rare Democrat from a district that Trump won to announce she won’t attend:

Instead of going to the Inauguration, I’ll go to religious services to pray for all of our leaders and people, then will serve my district.

— Carol Shea-Porter (@TeamSheaPorter) January 17, 2017

Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan F. Boyle:

Pennsylvania Rep. Robert A. Brady told ABC6 Monday night, “I want to support John Lewis, he’s a personal friend of mine.”

Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth:

I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with the President-elect himself. My statement: pic.twitter.com/l8eitaourD

— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) January 17, 2017

Virginia Rep. Don Beyer:

I just told hundreds of my constituents that I will not be attending the Inauguration Ceremony this coming Friday. Here is what I said: pic.twitter.com/YLJz5OWjXe

— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 16, 2017

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler:

The rhetoric + actions of @realDonaldTrump have been so far beyond the pale, I cannot in good conscience participate in this inauguration.

— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 16, 2017

Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree:

At MLK Day dinner in Portland, I announced that I would not attend Trump’s inauguration. Here’s why: https://t.co/4P35Mi8rf4#mepolitics

— Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) January 17, 2017

Maryland Rep. Anthony G. Brown:

Skipping Inauguration.@RepJohnLewis a civil rights hero. Enormous responsibility to be POTUS.I respect the office, can’t tolerate disrespect

— Anthony G. Brown (@AnthonyBrownMD4) January 16, 2017

Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr.said on Monday he wouldn’t attend because of “divisive and inflammatory statements made by the president-elect.”

California Rep. Raul Ruiz told The Desert Sun on Monday that Trump has not shown respect for the office of the presidency.

Florida Rep. Darren Soto said he was “deeply disappointed” by Trump’s attacks on Lewis.

California Rep. Judy Chu:

After much thought, I have decided to #StandWithJohnLewis and not attend the inauguration.

— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 15, 2017

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan:

After reading classified Russian hacking doc & @realDonaldTrump offensive tweets to @repjohnlewis I will not be attending the Inauguration. pic.twitter.com/wrEeGfqjrZ

— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 15, 2017

California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard:

BREAKING: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) will not attend inauguration, her office tells me in an statement. @RepRoybalAllard pic.twitter.com/eWdOq9t3UX

— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) January 16, 2017

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison:

I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won’t be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration.

— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 16, 2017

Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans:

I #StandWithJohnLewis. I will not be attending the inauguration. Russian hacking must be investigated and I do not support the repeal of ACA

— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) January 16, 2017

New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat:

I will NOT be attending the inauguration for @realDonaldTrump!

— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 15, 2017

Ohio Rep. Marcia L. Fudge:

As I told @JoyAnnReid, I will not be attending #Inauguration. I will be at home in Cleveland. #IStandWithJohnLewis

— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) January 15, 2017

Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva:

VIDEO: Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., discusses why he is not attending President Elect Donald #Trump‘s inauguration next week. pic.twitter.com/PXvDVshjpH

— azcentral (@azcentral) January 15, 2017

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

I will not be attending Trump’s inauguration. I will be with the people of my district. #OurFirstStand pic.twitter.com/TmCodl5w9t

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 15, 2017

Washington Rep. Adam Smith said he will be in his district since the House isn’t in session the week of inauguration.

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke:

I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump. When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America.

— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) January 14, 2017

California Rep. Mark Takano:

“All talk, no action.”

I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration. pic.twitter.com/z8Q0wA9OPK

— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 14, 2017

New York Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez:

.@repjohnlewis is a national hero and I stand with him! I also am not attending inauguration given the tone of @realDonaldTrump‘s campaign

— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 14, 2017

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen:

Announced @ Mason Temple, #MLK final speech, that I won’t attend #inauguration out of respect for @repjohnlewis & for unpresidential remarks

— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) January 16, 2017

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson:

Congresswoman @RepWilson tells me she will not attend @realDonaldTrump inauguration because of a wedding that day. @wsvn

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) January 16, 2017

A spokesman for California Rep. Karen Bass told The Washington Post the lawmaker is not attending after she asked in a Twitter poll on Sunday whether she should.

After receiving an overwhelming response on the twitter poll, I’ve decided not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Trump. pic.twitter.com/ig4kFn0GGH

— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) January 17, 2017

California Rep. Maxine Waters:

I never ever contemplated attending the inauguration or any activities associated w/ @realDonaldTrump. I wouldn’t waste my time.

— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) January 15, 2017

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman:

I do not intend to attend the inauguration of PE @realDonaldTrump. Instead, join me for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil. pic.twitter.com/c5aJYEQOUW

— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) January 15, 2017

California Rep. Ted Lieu:

Mr. Lieu’s statement on why he won’t be attending the Inauguration of @realDonaldTrump READ HERE: https://t.co/tx94zqE4rp

— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) January 14, 2017

California Rep. Grace F. Napolitano is not attending, per the Los Angeles Times’ list. (At least 12 Golden State Democrats are skipping inauguration.)

Georgia Rep. John Lewis.

California Rep. Zoe Lofgren told the Los Angeles Times she is not “in the mood to celebrate” Trump taking the oath of office.

Oregon Rep. Peter A. DeFazio told Oregon Public Broadcasting he typically abstains from “pomp and circumstance events in Washington,” so his decision not to attend isn’t extraordinary.

California Rep. Mark DeSaulnier:

It is with a heavy heart and deep personal conviction that I have decided not to attend the #TrumpInauguration on January 20, 2017.

— Mark DeSaulnier (@RepDeSaulnier) January 14, 2017

Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’ll be in his district speaking to students.

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader told Oregon Public Broadcasting on Friday that Trump “hasn’t proved himself to me at all yet, so I respectfully decline to freeze my ass out there in the cold for this particular ceremony.”

New York Rep. José E. Serrano:

I will not attend the #inauguration2017 next week- cannot celebrate the inauguration of a man who has no regard for my constituents. #Bronx pic.twitter.com/Uz3NTgXl35

— Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) January 12, 2017

California Rep. Barbara Lee:

Inauguration should be a celebration. But we have nothing to celebrate on Jan 20. Instead of attending, I will be organizing. pic.twitter.com/P4whhl91ll

— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 12, 2017

Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez announced his decision on Jan. 10 on the House floor.

Why I will not be at Trump inauguration & will march w/ women on 1/21: https://t.co/lsEwbL6o08 video: https://t.co/UEUiOjF873 #twill #p2 pic.twitter.com/rwo5nddxpn

— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) January 10, 2017

California Rep. Jared Huffman:

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer announced on Jan. 7 that he would not attend:

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark announced her decision to skip the inauguration on Jan. 5:

My statement on the upcoming inauguration: pic.twitter.com/dQXE0ztvTf

— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) January 5, 2017

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:44 AM

16. With the racism, bigotry, and sexism as part of trump's platform, it is more than warranted, howeve,

However, to imply that the Democrats were not there is not an accurate

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:20 AM

7. Smerconish is so overrated and a self-promoting assclown IMO NT

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:28 AM

9. The same MSM are still working to keep Republicans in power.

The Trump they were instrumental in electing to defeat Democrats is too dangerous for them, so they backed off. So far they've succeeded in keeping the senate in Republican hands and decreasing their minority in the house.

But, they're still in BIG DANGER. The elections aren't over and WE can turn their dream to a nightmare.



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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:28 AM

10. A lot of congressional Democrats boycotted the inauguration like John Lewis.

But the leadership attended, including Schumer and Pelosi. So, yes, it's disingenuous to state Democrats didn't attend. A few congressional ones refused but power focus in our country, from President Obama and Vice President Biden, to even Sec. Clinton, who had only marginal duty as First Lady to attend.

Just more GOP whataboutism.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:48 AM

17. Sure, with the racism and bigotry endorsed by trump,that is more than justified, but the implication

was that the “Democrats” weren’t there is misleading as you said

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Response to still_one (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:51 AM

18. I mean, I said as much in my post.

There was a larger number of congressional Democrats who refused to go compared to past inauguration with the opposing parties but that's not the same as, say, President Trump refusing to go to the Biden inauguration.

I don't give two shits if Republican congressmembers want to boycott Biden's inauguration, though.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:54 AM

19. I agree

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:03 PM

22. He is the King of Both Siders.

I hate his freaking guts.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:21 PM

24. I find that guy to be unwatchable.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:09 PM

28. never liked him.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:24 PM

31. Every Smerconish appearance on TV seems like an audition for FOX News. Wolf in sheep's clothing.

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