Democrats in Virginia have declared they will snub the President of the United States if he attends a commemorative event scheduled for later this month.
The White House has not made any official announcements about President Trump’s plans to attend the 400th anniversary of American democracy, to be held in Jamestown on July 30. But Virginia Democrats have not missed the opportunity to grandstand, defiantly announcing they will essentially put partisan politics ahead of America’s heritage.
Statement from House Democratic Leader @EFillerCorn, House Democratic Chair @C_Herring, Senate Democratic Leader @DickSaslaw, and Senate Democratic Chair @SenatorLocke on reports that Donald Trump will attend the commemorative session in Jamestown next week. pic.twitter.com/Mdrud9UH5S
— VA House Democrats (@VAHouseDems) July 20, 2019
“We will not be attending any part of the commemorative session where Donald Trump is in attendance. The current President does not represent the values that we would celebrate at the 400th anniversary of the oldest democratic body in the western world,” leaders of the Virginia House and Senate Democratic caucuses said in a statement issued Friday.
“We offer just three words of advice to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation: ‘Send Him Back,’” added the statement from Virginia Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw and caucus Chairwoman Mamie Locke as well as House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn and caucus Chairwoman Charniele Herring.
“We offer just three words of advice to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation: ‘Send Him Back.'”
— VA House Democrats (@VAHouseDems) July 20, 2019
The added dig was a reference to this week’s controversy sparked by Trump’s attack on four freshman Democrats. During a campaign rally speech in North Carolina on Wednesday, the president’s criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar prompted chants of “send her back” in the arena.
While Democrats balked at the thought of Trump attending the commemoration of the first meeting of representative government in Jamestown in 1619, it was their Democratic governor who extended the invitation to Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as others, The Washington Post reported.
“The invitations were extended jointly by Governor Northam, Speaker [Kirk] Cox [R], and Senator [Tommy] Norment [R] last year. Speaker Pelosi’s office declined the invitation within the last two weeks. The White House has made no announcement regarding the President’s plans,” the group putting on the event, American Evolution, said in a statement Saturday.
Ungrateful Democrats vowed to boycott any ceremony in which Trump would be present, noting their anger at Northam for signing an invitation.
“They had not reached out to the legislators. No one knew,” a Democratic official who did not want to be named told the Washington Post.
The invitation to Trump, dated Aug. 16, 2018, reportedly announced that it was “our honor and privilege” to invite the president.
“Your presence and remarks on this important anniversary would be most appropriate,” the letter obtained by The Post, read. “By lending your voice and insights, you would continue a tradition that has brought numerous prior Presidents and world leaders, including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to Jamestown to reflect on the significance of the place and its major milestones.”
The letter was drafted by the event organizers according to Northam’s office, which made sure to distance the Democrat from Trump on Saturday.
“Governor Northam strongly condemns President Trump’s continued attack on immigrants and the diversity that makes Virginia and America who we are,” the governor’s spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said, adding that “it’s ironic the president would attend, given his recent attacks on immigrants.”
Former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe also spouted on Twitter about how “racists and white nationalists have no place in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 20, 2019
Others, however, called out the political theater being played by Democrats, such as state Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. who slammed the lawmakers’ response as “disappointing and embarrassing.”
“I consider it an honor – and a recognition of the historic importance of this commemoration – to have the President of the United States attend. I would be similarly honored were Speaker of the House Pelosi able to join us,” Norment said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.
“Sharing the views of the leader holding an elected office is not a prerequisite for showing respect for the office,” Norment added, noting how Democrats continue to appear with the governor at events even though many have called on him to resign in the wake of a racist photo from his 1984 school yearbook.
Twitter users noted the hypocrisy of Democrats as well, with many, like state Rep. Elaine Luria, condemning the politicizing of the historic commemoration.
I will attend the Jamestown 400th anniversary of the founding of democracy in America because our democracy is not about the President or Congress—as President Lincoln said, “it is a government of the people, by the people, for the people and it shall not perish from this earth.”
— Representative Elaine Luria (@RepElaineLuria) July 20, 2019
Clearly a case of if he goes low you go lower. The liberal left of the Democrat party is at odds with the vast majority of America. I stand with our President.
— Cal Croucher (@ccroucher) July 20, 2019
Grew up near Jamestown pretty sure only people who loved our country’s history ever attended so if Dems don’t show up that would be normal.
— ❌ Jesse Howard ❌ (@jmhowardiv) July 20, 2019
Trump offends you? Time to look in the mirror. When will you send your Racist Governor packing? How do you sleep at night covering for your Lt Governor too. You’re a bunch of hypocrites.
— John Potts (@HYPOCRITE2020) July 20, 2019
let the democrats stay home then the people can enjoy the president
— Louie George (@LouieGe51467728) July 20, 2019
Awesome…. This the perfect way to show your support for the USA and those that battled for your right to be complete ASSES.
— Bill Frey (@IamBill4ca) July 20, 2019
How about Democrats get to work for Americans and stop playing Orange man bad. They hate Trump more than they love Americans.
— Chris Paul (@KillaWatt55) July 20, 2019