‘Put Your Big Boy Pants on’: GOP Congressman Rips Into 42 Democrats Skipping Inauguration
At least one Republican (OK, probably more) is expressing his dismay this morning in his colleagues across the aisle who are not willing to set partisan differences aside.
As of the Washington Post‘s most recent count, there are now 42 Democrats who have opted to boycott this Friday’s Inauguration of Donald Trump as our nation’s 45th President, and Wisconsin pol Sean Duffy told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday, “It’s time to put your big boy pants on.”
It’s a remarkable move in the modern history of our presidential politics; in solidarity with George Rep. John Lewis, scores of Democrats will be absent when Trump takes the Oath of Office. Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he viewed Trump’s Presidency as an “illegitimate” one, further indicating that he would skip the Swearing-In ceremony. After Trump’s retaliatory attacks against Lewis — and perhaps bolstered with the timing of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Democrats have joined in on the boycott.
“We’re all Americans,” Duffy said on CNN. “You know what? I was not thrilled — it was a very depressing day in 2008 and 2012 in the Duffy household when President Obama won reelection.” The Wisconsin lawmaker continued to make the argument about what his GOP colleagues went through over the past administration. “We weren’t happy, but guess what? We go to the Inauguration maybe with an heavy heart but as part of this American process.”
Duffy saved some of his harshest language in his comparison of the Democrats to children. “It’s like, I was a little kid and I’m used to getting a juice box and a trophy no matter whether I win or I lose. Listen, Democrats lost. Donald Trump won,” he said defiantly. “Show up, be a part of it.”
Watch above via CNN.
J.D. Durkin (@jivedurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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