By VivaLiberty Staff – Yes, the idea of Democrats boycotting an inauguration of a Republican president is nothing new, in fact, they boycotted the first inauguration of a Republican President, Abraham Lincoln. At least 60 Democrats say they are boycotting the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday.
In the 16 weeks between Lincoln’s nomination in 1860 and his inauguration, 7 of the southern states seceded from the Union. They left the United States of America. Led by Democrat Jefferson Davis – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas all left. A large majority of their delegates were Democrats.
The issue they left over was slavery. These Democrat states wanted to keep slavery and they were willing to fight a Civil War over it. In Lincoln’s second inaugural in 1864 the southern states were still locked in the Civil War and their Congressional delegation, of course, stayed away. This was the bloodiest war in American history and Democrats did not feel Lincoln was a legitimate President. He was Republican, after all.