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Trump Responds to Democrats Boycotting Inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump responded to Democratic members of the House planning to boycotting his inauguration by basically saying he doesn’t care what they do, and would like them to forfeit their tickets for people who actually want to attend.

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This from Fox News:

President-elect Donald Trump told “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt that he doesn’t mind Democratic members of Congress boycotting his inauguration, saying “I hope they give me their tickets.”

At least 60 Democratic members of the House of Representatives have opted to miss Friday’s ceremonies, most notably Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who said last week that he did not consider Trump a “legitimate” president.

“I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens,” said Trump, referencing Lewis’ initial claim that Trump’s would be the first inauguration he’s missed – despite having previously boycotted George W. Bush’s 2001 inauguration.

Lewis’ office later claimed they had forgotten that incident, but Trump said: “You don’t forget something like that.”

Trump said he’d be willing to sit down with Lewis but added, “We’re off to a bad start.”

As for other lawmakers not attending, Trump said, “that’s OK, because we need seats so badly, I hope they give me their tickets.”

Here’s Trump’s full interview this morning on Fox & Friends:

In a way, this type of confrontation is like a package with a bow on it for the President-elect. He ran on a platform against politicians and the status-quo. Every time he is attacked by politicians, it only helps to bolster him with his base and fortify his reason for running. In this case, he can simply say he doesn’t care what the politicians think, he only cares what the people think, etc…

Our brilliant writer, Goethe, made this timely observation in the comments of the previous story:

This is typical of Democratic impotence. What will this accomplish? They should have saved their indignation for issues.

An earlier example was the nonsensical “Occupy Wall Street,” which accomplished nothing–only used up the energy that could have gone to working on concrete issues, instead. At about the same time, the right was forming the “Tea Party,” which has moved the country’s discussion since 2010. Contrast.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • Goethe's comment is very appropriate.Boycotting the inauguration is really going to alienate them further from the masses.It is like insulting the popular
    mandate.Trump has given a befitting reply which brings a smile to his supporters ! In fact his slightly humorous nature adds to his appeal and places him apart from a dull politician.

        • Yes, she is.

          However, when compared the FRWNJ's latest god der Schmuckenführer, she comes off as squeaky clean.

          • Your sending me that link to make your case is analogous to tying cinder blocks onto someone as a means to teaching them how to swim.

            Get real.

            Just because the two are not identical fails to disprove the abundant similarities; especially when your source has a less than credible reputation for accuracy and impartiality.

          • I told you I read it.

            I showed you I read it.

            I provided quotes proving it.

            Anything beyond this you fail to comprehend is on you, not me.

          • I told you I read it.

            I showed you I read it.

            I provided quotes proving it.

            Anything beyond this you fail to comprehend is on you, not me.

            What part of this is it you don't understand? Or are you just so habitually intellectually dishonest that it simply doesn't register?

            You can't help me because you're part of the problem.

            Not being a Democrat makes it easy to not be manipulated by them. I find their general cravenness appalling, as I do your hunger for being manipulated by the right.

            Haven't seen The View. Not interested.

            You remind me of Baghdad Sean Sphincter -er- Spicer and Kellyanne Conway; both of whom squandered any potential for credibility long ago.

            Except of course to rubes, sycophants, and various ignorati stupid enough or dishonest enough to buy into their lies.

            I especially like how she came out against your latest god before der Schmuckenführer hired her.

            http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/08/19/trumps-newest-campaign-manager-wasnt-always-on-board-team-trump/

          • Victor Davis Hanson and the Hoover Institution are only 'highly regarded' by FRWNJs. He seems to think that since he's is actually an expert on ancient warfare as well as being a professor of classical studies, that he's an expert on everything.

            No.

            In his approach to politics, he typically looks back to history (usually Greece or Rome) for something he feels is vaguely analogous, and tries to make them fit.

            That whole 'square-peg round-hole' thing.

            Still a big-time fan boy of da shrub, he's gone so far as writing that "his tenure was without corruption", calling him a "centrist", and going so far as to say he may be "a model ex-president".

            Yeaaahhh, no.

            You lose against a Republican, and your ignorance of my party, among so many other things, is no surprise.

            If that drivel is your best, we're done.

          • It is not in his field. He's proven himself a partisan hack resting on his laurels to get da rubes to buy into his drivel, as I pointed out above.

            If you don't catch up, you'll continue to fall behind.

          • Lol... You are really something. I swear you must have some kind of mental problems.
            You literally have all the time in the world to respond. You can research and form a proper reply using facts and links to support your position. But instead you insult. That is exactly what I would expect in a child. Not a grown person that can form a sentence. Unfortunately, I find this more and more often. The liberals are out protesting, rioting,and blocking roadways and airports. The lack of knowledge of facts are astounding... Especially because the media is putting out information that past presidents have done.. including Obama. It is like you all don't realize that this is a democratic government. We voted.

          • You are really something else, but I doubt science will determine just what within my lifetime.

            If preferring facts in context means I have mental problems, yours and the rest of your FRWNJ chum(p)s are off the charts.

            Of course I insult. As I said earlier, Victor Davis Hanson and the Hoover Institution are only 'highly regarded' by FRWNJs. He seems to think that since he's is actually an expert on ancient warfare as well as being a professor of classical studies, that he's an expert on everything.

            He's not. He's proven time and again that when it comes to his political opinions, he's a hack.

            Clearly I'm familiar with him and his drivel as I proved by quoting said drivel.

            Believe his lies all you wish. That fails to make either of you honest.

    • You mean the masses who voted for Trump? You forget that that mass of people is in the minority. The majority of Americans did not favor Trump and quite rightly so. Obnoxious, racist, misogynist, unconstitutional despots like Trump don't go down well with reasonable Americans.

          • Well it is too soon to tell. Lol. Seems like Michigan is having problems... Well at least Detroit. Last I checked.

          • ***The fight for 270 not "popular votes".
            *** You asked a question.
            I answered.
            *** You can't change the rules because you lost. Every grown up understood the objective. Hillary Clinton was gracious enough to call and congradulate Trump the night she lost. She sent Podusa to send you all home. I was very upset about that. I still feel that if she came out and gave her Supporters closure they would have been able to handle it better. It was very cowardly and undignified. I have yet to look it up, but was this a first?

          • I asked, "Who won more votes?"

            Your answer intimated that the goings-on in Michigan could change that.

            They won't.

            Just so you are clear.

          • We have yet to do a full audit. (Which may not ever happen). Some states that Hillary won with a tighter percentage were not challenged by Jill S. So, it was a very big deal that Michigan had a few counties (the larger ones) that had discrepancies. But because of our amazing Electoral college... We overcame. ?

          • Guess what PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS A MAJOR INVESTIGATION ON ILLEGAL VOTES.
            -Dead people,
            -Felons
            -Illegal Aliens
            -Double votes
            We may now have an accurate count. Thanks to people like you. Mr. Progressive Republican.
            ????????????

          • Nothing would be better than to have that audit, to show what nonsense the claims are. That's why it will quietly disappear.

            That's the trick: Loudly proclaim that "there otta be an investigation," giving the impression of a problem, then don't say or do anything about it.

          • Hmmm. Well it was stopped before the job was done. Honestly, it can help lay the ground work for voter ID cards. I am a huge fan of. I am not sure why I am really even spending any time this subject. Lol. She lost!!!

        • States are irrelevant. The majority of Americans did not vote for the obnoxious, racist, unconstitutional despot. They voted for freedom, human rights and basic decency. And the bad people still won. But we will fight until this injustice is corrected.

      • Lol... You lost. Hilda got 20 States!!!!
        That's it. 20. I don't care how many people live in those 20 States and neither does our Electoral college.

        You lost... She lost. Calling names didn't work before or after the fact. You are a bunch of bullies, and very negative people. You are not a citizen. You don't have a job, so go back to your home country. Why must you be so angry and hateful?

        • Who is Hilda? Certainly you are guilty of name calling and labeling others without proof. How do you know who is a foreigner and who isn’t from their posts (Translated Mano Destra means “right hand” in the music world). How do you know he is not a citizen? Or that he doesn’t have a job or that the good old USA is not his home?
          Anyone stating their belief does not in any way make them “angry and hateful”. Just as you have the right to write what you think, by the Grace of God and the US constitution, so do the rest of us have the same right.

          • Guess you are new.. we go way back. Mano and I have had several conversations. He has been looking for work in the web design/ creation animation field. Quite talented. But it is all the same. I did not lie. I research and ask questions. He has verified it also.
            Hilda is Hillary. Thought that was obvious.
            Proof she is a beast? "Hildabeast". Well she does have some really wicked friends. According to the emails.

          • You are right, I do not know the point of Mano Destra’s origination. I did take the liberty of reading your older post and you said he was here on a green card so that means he is legally obtaining permanent residence permission, which allows one to freely live, work and move in any US state. It also means, he has a legal right to a life in America without tormenting harassment.
            PS to Mano: I know you are capable of fighting your own battles whatever they may be but I find prejudice and name calling unacceptable.

          • It seems as if I have to keep repeating myself.
            He is not a citizen... Correct? Yes. Look at his past comments I would say about 5 months ago.
            He is unemployed... Yes look it up. Very easy to find. Google his face and name. I can't put a screenshot.
            I'm right again.

            He called people names like...
            obnoxious, racist, unconstitutional despot. As well as xenophobe, bigot, etc....
            Again look at his comments.

            Oh yes, still right.

            I try logic and reasoning with him. We tried to ask for proof or supplied him with facts. If doesn't work. I am guessing you are in the same Dept as well...
            It is best to just stay out of it. I have no idea if he has a green card or temp work visa, or a student visa... Or if he has overstayed his welcome. I do know where he lives. Internet is funny that way.
            Cheers.

          • In a previous post you wrote the he lived in a basement. Using the internet to find a person’s personal address makes you a stalker. To make it public is criminal. Or did you just want to appear superior?
            Is it a sin to be unemployed? Currently, age 15 and older, 94,610,000 (29% of the American population) is unemployed. That’s a lot of sinners.
            Why can you call others names and use unacceptable clichés and he can’t? Doesn’t sound kosher to me.
            If you truly do not know if he has a green card or not, why would you suggest he go back to his country? If you believe he has a card then you have no valid argument. If you believe he is here illegally then it is your duty to call immigration.
            Take a quick glance back over American history and you will find that all of our forefathers were once illegal immigrants.

          • I don't remember telling him that he lived in a basement. I could be wrong, I doubt it. Basement dweller was a Hillary Clinton quote.
            I appreciate you trying to defend him. I looked up his information because I was worried he would break the law and vote.
            It is my civic duty to make sure if I see or know about illegal activities I inform some one. You are right. Truth and facts are powerful. Spewing lies and/or distortion of the truth is not healthy.
            You seem to be trying to justify illegal activities. Why? Why would you think it is okay to break any laws? Are you above the law?
            Can you imagine a country without laws? How about using some laws on certain people but not all? Does that sound fair? Sweetie, you have to step back and think about that.

            Now if you're done trying to defend Mano or encouraging me to call ICE, I think this discussion is over. I will not do that.

            I would like him and you to state the verified truth. If you get questioned, post a link verifying your statement. Be accountable. Be RIGHT. We can debate and have an open discussion with facts.

          • Oh I just went back and found out I did call him basement dweller. ?. I am happy that you have been reading up on my comments. I don't call people racist, xenophobe, and all the other ~ist. That is something of a cop out? That is why I challenge you to not do that. Use the tools available to you to form an opinion based on facts. Investigate, don't rely on interpretations. I gave up on mano. After trying to get him to discuss he just fell back on the same vocabulary. So I do like to poke him. Lol.

  • I am just waiting for these liberal SNOWFLAKE politicians, celebrities and the rest of these so called illuminati to hold their breath and turn blue. All these clowns are like PETULANT children, since they didn't get their way, they won't play. ?

    Like Trump said, WE NEED THEIR TICKETS. In so many words, good riddance to bad rubbish.?

    • “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” — Gloria Steinem

      Yes, Trump won in the electoral college, and that, alas, is all that seems to matter. Trump rode to the White House on a dirty, dishonest campaign that sullied the very presidency he won. He trafficked in racism and demagoguery, and seemed to have had poll workers in far-off Moscow. He continues his schoolyard habit of tweeting his every grievance, verbally insulting anyone who dares critique his rashness.
      There are no Latinos in Trump’s cabinet so that group has no voice. Dr. Ben Carson, the token black, has trouble expressing himself. South Carolina's Nikki Haley (Nee: Nimrata Randhawa) is of Asian Sikh Indian descent and supports lower taxes, opposes regulation and is extremely anti-union. And then we have Elaine Chao (wife of Senator Mitch McConnell) who worked for Wells Fargo Bank (2011-2015) when it was charged with fraud. She will still receive payments of between $1 million and $5 million over the next four years for her services to Wells Fargo (from her financial disclosure forms). And this is called “draining the swamps”?
      Who in the world did Trump need the tickets for? The Russian delegation? The Chinese delegation certainly doesn’t want them. And he sure isn’t going to invite the crowd that elected him.

      • Can't wait to see all the Trump voters in 4 years time (or less), disillusioned when he singularly fails. Or worse, succeeds. Their lives will be so much worse than now.

      • President Trump. Say it slowly. Let it sink in. President Trump. Sounds great, right?

        You'd degrade an African American? Why? Racist in disguise?

        • You crow too early. Get ready to reap what you have sowen.
          Facts are not racist. They can only become one if the reader is racist.

          • Yes, Trump won in the electoral college, and that, alas, is all that seems to matter.
            FACT

            Trump rode to the White House on a dirty, dishonest campaign that sullied the very presidency he won.
            FALSE

            He trafficked in racism and demagoguery, and seemed to have had poll workers in far-off Moscow.

            FALSE. ALL THR POLLS WERE DONE BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA. THEY GAVE HILLARY THE WIN. LOL. SHE KNEW BETTER THOUGH. FIREWORKS WERE CANCELLED. BUT DONT STRESS IM SURE PRESIDENT TRUMP BOUGHT THEM AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE. LMBO.... OK THAT WAS NOT TRUE. BUT A FUNNY THOUGHT.

            He continues his schoolyard habit of tweeting his every grievance, verbally insulting anyone who dares critique his rashness.

            SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT... SO FALSE.?

            There are no Latinos in Trump’s cabinet so that group has no voice.

            WHO CARES? IQ TRUMPS COLOR.

            Dr. Ben Carson, the token black, has trouble expressing himself.

            FALSE. CONTROLLED & INTELLIGENT =BRILLIANT AGAIN WHO CARES ABOUT COLOR. HE IS SUCH A GREAT PERSON. A ROLE MODEL TO EVERYONE.

            South Carolina's Nikki Haley (Nee: Nimrata Randhawa) is of Asian Sikh Indian descent and supports lower taxes, opposes regulation and is extremely anti-union.

            TRUE. THANK GOODNESS.

            And then we have Elaine Chao (wife of Senator Mitch McConnell) who worked for Wells Fargo Bank (2011-2015) when it was charged with fraud. She will still receive payments of between $1 million and $5 million over the next four years for her services to Wells Fargo (from her financial disclosure forms)

            TRUE:
            ALSO HIGHLY INTELLEGENT. CAPABLE. WELL PAID (FEMINIST PLUS) HAS HAD PRIOR EXPERIENCE. AN ASSET.

            And this is called “draining the swamps”?

            MOST OF THRM HAVE NO PRIOR WHITEHOUSE APPOINTMENT. FRESH FACES WITH HIGH QUALITY PERSONAL.. NO TOKEN JOBS JUST DESERVED ONES.

            Who in the world did Trump need the tickets for? The Russian delegation? The Chinese delegation certainl doesn’t want them. And he sure isn’t going to invite the ccrt

            FALSE... JUST A BUNCH OF ACCUSATIONS.

            FYI. THE CAPS ARE MY RESPONSES TO YOU. LOL. I'M TRYING TO WORK AT YOUR LEVEL. ? I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE IT.

          • It's not true that the polls were wrong. This was the most volatile campaign I remember. The numbers were up and down like crazy. The last polls showed a close election, within the margin of error.

            I'm really sick of the lie that the polls were wrong.

          • Gracious, I must have hit your hot button. Could it be the “alternative facts” news source put out by Trump and company has found a true believer in you?
            If the White House approves and uses alternative facts(fabrications) on the little stuff (like crowd size, etc), how much credibility does it have to be an arbiter on the big stuff -- like war, terrorism, or national intelligence?
            Your right, Trump has been busy. Mostly taking care of his billionaire supporters and giving the shaft to the low income that put him in office.
            A classic example : One of Trump’s first executive actions, within an hour of his inaugural address, canceled Obama-backed cuts in mortgage premiums. The Obama policy would have saved home buyers (veterans especially) hundreds of dollars a year in mortgage fees on government-backed mortgages. Trump’s action will have no effect on wealthier mortgage holders, since the program only applies to those with low incomes, middling credit scores or who have less than a 20% down payment on their homes. In other words, he will only rob the pocketbooks of middle and low income earners.

          • It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

            Lest we forget, I have read all your posts (old and new). You have put up very few links to support your theories. Try to remember that this is a discussion board not a Harvard classroom.

          • When I was asked, I did so. So I am asking you to do that for me. Will you accept the challenge?
            Harvard has nothing to do with it. It is simply an affirmation of your statements.

          • When donkeys fly. Or better yet, when you go back to all your posts and show confirmation of all the inflamatory and questionable remarks you posted. Do this and I will gladly do what you ask of me.

          • You and I were having a discussion. You said a few things some were false statements. Now if you like I can send you links proving you were wrong. But would that "help" you? No, it would be like me doing your homework.

          • And you said a lot of things that were false statements. You are too quick to criticize someone for a fault you also possess. I am not looking for conflict over minute accusations that you so freely disperse. I don't have time for zoilist talk.

      • Are you the type that wants a cross section of the American populace represented, just because, or do you want the most qualified people regardless of race or gender in cabinet positions? If you want a kaleidescope just to be PC, then you obviously don't know much.?

        As far as draining the swamp of Washington DC, I suggest you refer to my first paragraph. Yesterday or the day before, O'Bugger appointed two TRANSGENDERS to posts. It didn't mention if they were qualified or not to hold these posts, only that they were TRANSGENDER. Were they appointed to fill some sort of quota??

        Finally all I have to say is that everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt. Why do NAMBY PAMBY liberals want to excoriate Trump before he has even taken office? If after a good long while, Trump is unable to deliver on at least some of his promises, then your attack mode will be justified. As is now you and all other liberal diehards are acting like PETULANT children who aren't getting their way.?

          • No, I was born quite a while back. But from your handle on DISQUS are you a native of that liberal fantasy land called BEZERKLY? If you are, your posts make sense, nonsensical to the last letter!!!?

          • A mature man. You have finally got something right. Lord knows your pathetic posts are so warped and slanted, that they certainly are way off base.?

  • Are You Suffering From 'TARD'?

    Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder (TARD) is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.

    Sufferers of TARD often exhibit pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of rage, uncontrollable crying, suicidal ideation, and extreme sadness.

    People with TARD are characterized by a persistent unwillingness to accept that Donald Trump is going to Make America Great Again.

    Individual sufferers often display signs of paranoia and delusion; in acute cases psychotic episodes have been observed.

    TARD is different from being upset about the results of the 2016 presidential election; People with TARD are unwilling or unable to accept reality, despite irrefutable evidence.

    According to the DSM-V, individuals with TARD exhibit most or all of the following symptoms:

    - Telling others they are moving to Canada

    - Fixated on fantasies about the Electoral College

    - Protesting an election no credible source contests the outcome of

    - Exclamations that “Someone” should do “Something”

    - Acute change in demeanour from pompous and arrogant to fearful and combative

    - Claim that anyone who disagrees with them is some combination of Racist, Sexist, Bigoted, Homophobic, and actually some sort of Hitler persona

    Causes and Mechanisms:

    TARD was directly caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.

    For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal parasite in such ill health she got chucked into the back of a van like a kidnap victim.

    Diagnosis:

    Diagnosis of TARD is straightforward.

    Ask the patient if Donald Trump is going to be the Next President of the United States of America.

    Some patients will become agitated, and may attempt to deflect.

    It’s critical you press them on the issue, even if they start babbling about ‘muh triggers’.

    A sufferer of TARD will begin to ramble incoherently, often displaying three or more of the symptoms within a short period of time.

    Treatment:

    The only known effective treatment is exposure therapy.

    The patient must be repeatedly exposed to reality, and should wear a Make America Great Again hat as long as they are able to tolerate it.

    Each exposure should increase in length, after a week the patient should be encouraged to be seen in public wearing the MAGA hat.

    Coach the patient to refer to Donald Trump as President Trump.

    Patients with TARD are very resistant to treatment, and dangerous in large groups.
    Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality.

    Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.

    If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TARD, urge them to seek treatment.

    Together we can beat this scourge, and Make America Great Again!

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