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Panetta offers statement on Trump’s inauguration

Congressman does not plan to join in inaugural boycott, says Trump needs to show the "seriousness, wisdom and humility of his predecessors"

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) this week released the following statement regarding the inauguration of President Donald Trump:

“Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America and it’s long past time for him to assume those responsibilities with the seriousness, wisdom and humility of his predecessors.

Donald Trump’s insults are reprehensible, especially the latest outburst targeted at my colleague and civil rights icon Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.).

I vehemently disagree with Donald Trump on many levels and I’m outraged by many of his statements, but I have the utmost respect for the office he will hold. At this point, I plan to be present for the peaceful transition of power which is the foundation of American democracy. Furthermore, I am very pleased to meet with Central Coast residents visiting Washington, D.C. for the inauguration and other events, including 100 students from the Dream Academy in Salinas. My office will be open on Friday and I take seriously my pledge to be there for my constituents who are attending either event.

I am honored to represent everyone from California’s 20th Congressional District, which includes voters across the political spectrum. As your Congressman, I will fight for the best interests of all of my constituents and my country. That fight begins in Washington on January 20 and that’s where I’ll be.”

BenitoLink Staff