Carbajal to go to inauguration but not in support of Trump

January 18, 2017
Salud Carbajal and Rep. John Lewis

Salud Carbajal and Rep. John Lewis

Freshman Congressman Salud Carbajal will not join many of his fellow House Democrats in boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Despite vowing to attend the inauguration, Carbajal is adamant the president-elect is a man he does not respect.

“I am attending this inauguration not in celebration of a man that I do not respect, but rather to bear witness to our democratic institutions,” Carbajal said in a statement released Tuesday. “I want him to see the face of a Mexican immigrant newly elected to serve as the first Latino representative for the Central Coast and to know that the many groups he has disparaged and attacked over the course of his campaign have a strong voice in our government.”

At least 14 California congressional members are planning to boycott the inauguration, according to the New York Times. All of them are Democrats.

Nationwide, about 60 members of Congress have said they plan to boycott Trump’s inauguration. Many of the representative taking part in the boycott are protesting Trump’s feud with Congressman John Lewis, who was a civil rights leader in the 1960s.

Carbajal said he plans to protest Trump by joining many of his colleagues in the Women’s March on Washington. The march will take place on Saturday, the day following the inauguration.

While campaigning for Congress, Carbajal repeatedly attacked Trump as a means of attacking his opponent, Republican Justin Fareed. Carbajal accused Trump of rampant racism and misogyny.

Since taking office, Carbajal has been appointed to the House Committee on Budget. Carbajal is currently battling the House Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare.

Carbajal’s full statement:

“From the moment he takes office, I want the president-elect to know there are members in Congress fighting for communities who will be greatly harmed by his misguided policy proposals and we will not be ignored.

“I want him to see the face of a Mexican immigrant newly elected to serve as the first Latino representative for the Central Coast and to know that the many groups he has disparaged and attacked over the course of his campaign have a strong voice in our government.

“I am attending this inauguration not in celebration of a man that I do not respect, but rather to bear witness to our democratic institutions.

“And the next day, I will proudly join many of my colleagues during the Women’s March on Washington to send a clear message to our new president about the values we stand for as a country.”


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ironyman2000

Although if were me, I would not attend. This is about the man not the office. Trump is not worthy of respect for anything he has said, done or the kind of person he has proven himself to be. I do, nonetheless, respect Congressman Carbajal’s decision.


Jorge Estrada

And why do we need to know that Carbajal is a of Mexican decent? Attending the Inauguration is about respect for the office and recognizing the duly elected. Can’t he just do that and not spout his disrespect because of his team differences with Trump? Why is it that Democrats dislike empowerment? Their objection to the abolishment of slavery continues! Yes many of them are still the same, Democratic Leadership is still Democratic Leadership and today they have marches instead of riding on horses wearing pillow cases over their heads.


abigchocoholic

Suffice it to say, California and its elected don’t exactly see eye to eye with President Trump.


The biggest gator in the swamp up against a guy who is promising to drain the swamp.


Grab some popcorn, a seat, and let the entertainment begin.


ironyman2000

To that, holic, and to all you Trumpians, I paraphrase the late great (OK so I’m not a fan), Bette Davis when I say “Hold on to your hats, kiddies, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride”.


aft50s

Personally I would like to see Carbajal stay home and do the job he was hired to do, like “fighting for communities who will be greatly harmed”


I am not interested in paying for him and whoever he feels like taking along with him on the taxpayers dime to attend an event that he is unable to add anything of value to.


Does anyone really give a rats ass over who is, and who is not, attending?


kayaknut

I guess it’s too much to ask of Salud Carbajal that his reason to go to the inauguration is because it’s the right thing to do and would present to our new president a willingness to work together to resolve this countries many problems, but no Salud Carbajal wants to go to tell our new president ” there are members in Congress fighting for communities who will be greatly harmed by his misguided policy proposals”, and that Salud Carbajal doesn’t really care about the communities that have been harmed by the previous president and the harm he caused by his misguided policies.


Rambunctious

Finally an adult rises from the ash heap called the democrat party. I didn’t vote for you Mr. Carbajal but thank you for showing some maturity, class and patriotic pride. Have a wonderful memorable time sir.


Messkit

They are paid a hefty salary, to represent us in the ENTIRE American political process. Their JOB is to be an American politician, regardless of party affiliation, or personal feelings. The peaceful transfer of leadership, of the most powerful seat in the world, is NOT a time to play word games or have a hissy fit.


If they object to the Constitutionally elected president, take it up in session, where they are legally obligated to control the direction of political discourse.


To shun the Inauguration, because they are leftist buttheads that failed to successfully promote their candidate, is nothing short of shameful, petty, and childish.


copperhead

Hey Salud: The country put up with 8 years of Obama. You can put up with one day of trump.


giblets56

WHO CARES??? His trip to the inauguration will cost tax payers how much???


Slosum

Respect goes two ways Salud. And since you are bought and paid for by the left, you don’t deserve it. Just shut up like a good little freshman and hopefully accomplish even less than your predecessor.