The transition of power to the 45th President Donald Trump has become toxic. Even Ted Nugent will not perform at his inauguration. We are witnessing the first time in modern history that a President is taking office with the lowest approval rating recorded.
Even though there will be mass protests, and expected historic television lowest viewership ratings ever for the inauguration, there are still (amazingly) some people who will still attend the event.
Of course, some politicians will be in attendance, and even some Democrats. Professor Robert Reich of University of California at Berkeley, and former United States Secretary of Labor, laid out clearly and soberly why they shouldn’t.
From Reich’s Facebook:
I got a call this morning from a politician I respect who told me he was attending Trump’s inauguration not because he backs Trump but because he believes in promoting unity over partisanship and supporting a peaceful transition of power.
I told him that’s why politicians of both parties normally attend an inauguration. But the issue here has nothing to do with partisanship or a normal transition of power. It’s not matter of Democrat versus Republican, or left versus right.
The issue here is how former presidents and other politicians should respond to someone who has shown himself to be a dangerous demagogue.
Donald Trump became president by lying, demeaning women, denigrating racial and ethnic minorities, denying intelligence reports of foreign intervention in our election, excusing violence against opponents, and undermining the freedom and independence of the press. And since being elected he’s held rallies and issued tweets in which he’s continued to tell big lies, retaliate against critics, call opponents “enemies,” avoid press conferences, and dismiss conflicts of financial interest.
I told him that, in my view, attending Trump’s inauguration gives tacit support and approval to someone who poses a clear and present danger to our democracy.
His post is well-thought out and should be considered with great care. Attending the event is a show of support, validation, and approval. It is also celebratory. Is that what we should be participating in?