Statement on the 58th Inaugural
January 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement on the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump:
“Today begins a new chapter in our history - one that is marked with concern and anxiety over what this new administration will bring. After witnessing his first address to the nation he is now sworn to protect, it is clear those fears are not unfounded. Trump has laid out a vision of our country that stands in sharp contrast to the hope and optimism that are the hallmark of the American spirit.
“As he did during his campaign, Donald Trump appealed to our basest fears and stoked a misguided desire for isolationism that will only hurt our economy and our role as a global leader. Once again, we heard a message from him that was big on rhetoric and thin on substance. There is a lot we don’t yet know about what the new administration holds for our nation, but moving forward, I will continue to put the people of California’s 35th congressional district first. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that in the next four years, we create jobs and grow the middle class, promote gender equity and social justice, protect the rights and liberties of all Americans regardless of race, religion, or background, and we do not roll back the progress we have worked so hard to achieve.”