The number of celebrities boycotting President Trump’s inauguration ceremony, whether because they didn’t want to “recognize” the Donald Trump presidency or because they were coerced by the Hollywood mob, has been bizarre.
Whether or not you’re a Trump fan, the reality is that Donald Trump is the president for the next four – or maybe eight – years. And those celebrities boycotting the inauguration aren’t really snubbing Trump, but rather, they’re showing disrespect for the office of the President.
Watch as I explain how I know this to be true and do a simple contrast from 2012 with Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, a hardcore Libertarian, who was a no-show at the White House when his Stanley Cup winning team was invited to meet President Obama.
When Thomas explained he was, “Mad as hell at everyone in politics”, the howls of outrage came swiftly and he took a lambasting in both mainstream and social media.
The most scathing and outrageous comment emanated from TSN host Dave Hodge, who tweeted:
“Don't know if it's fair to point this out, but Tim Thomas has three children named Kiley, Kelsey and Keegan.”
That’s right - three Ks, as in KKK as in Ku Klux Klan. Wow.
I too criticized Thomas at the time making the point that even if he despised Obama and/or the Democrats, his “no-show” was indeed disrespectful of the office of President and the man himself. Thomas should’ve sucked it up and accepted his invitation.
How is it that such a sensible argument that applied in 2012 is suddenly AWOL in 2017?
When it comes to respecting the office of president, apparently it depends on who it is and what his political stripes are.
We may have regime change in DC, but the double-standard is stronger than ever.