State Senate Removes Janet Nguyen from Chambers After Criticism of Late Sen. Tom Hayden

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The California State Senate removed Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen from its chambers Thursday after she made statements critical of the late Democratic Sen. Tom Hayden during a portion of the meeting typically reserved for memorializing constituents.

Nguyen read a statement criticizing Hayden, a former legislator who died last October and was honored at a ceremony Tuesday. Hayden was an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War who made a controversial 1974 visit with his then-wife Jane Fonda to the North Vietnamese capitol, Hanoi.

“Mr. Hayden sided with a communist government that enslaved and/or killed millions of Vietnamese, including members of my own family,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen, who came to the U.S. as a child refugee, represents the 34th District including Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Westminster. The area includes Little Saigon, the largest group of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) said Nguyen was out of order because she did not raise her objections during the Hayden tribute ceremony two days before, although she did leave the chambers during the ceremony.

Nguyen was removed from the floor by the sergeant-at-arms after she ignored repeated requests by the presiding officer, Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to stop reading her statement.

Republican lawmakers expressed outrage over the incident. Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) compared Nguyen’s removal to a controversy earlier this year when U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) was prevented from reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King during a debate over the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Several constituents expressed support for Nguyen on her Facebook page.

“Kudos Senator Nguyễn for reminding the CA State officials about Tom Hayden’s activities during the Vietnam War,” commented one reader, Do Hung.

Read coverage in Vietnamese by Nguoi Viet Daily News on their website. 

Contact Thy Vo at tvo@voiceofoc.org or follow her on Twitter @thyanhvo. 

  • OCservant_Leader

    How is being “Anti-War” = “Pro-Communist”? What kind of goofy logic is that?

    He was a peace activist and questioned the US involvement in their civil war. That’s all.

    I personally don’t think WE losing 50k soliders and how many more injured and walking wounded was worth it so Senator Nguyen could move here and become a politician.

    Or the other thousand Nguyen’s who work in OC Accounting.

    • David Zenger

      Political theater. Starring the most grasping, self-serving politician I have ever seen. And that’s saying something.

      • Jacki Livingston

        I absolutely agree.

  • heinzng1

    The best way to control is shut the other mouth. Freedom of speech to protect traitor.

  • Citizens for Animal Shelter, O

    Can’t we all just get along. What we do to others, positive or negative, comes back to us anyway. I think we can agree that most politicians have lost their way and suffer from the age old malady – Greed.

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    so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

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  • Paul Lucas

    She did that on purpose.

  • LFOldTimer

    I’m not defending Nguyen. She’s just pandering to her Vietnamese base for votes. The fact of the matter is the US had no business being in Vietnam where over 50,000 of our homemade boys lost their lives. I knew families who lost their sons in that fiasco. What a waste.

    But who the h*ll was Hayden? Nobody can disagree with him? ha. Did he walk on water or something? Are we supposed to get down on our hands and knees and worship him?

    Hayden was nothing more than stinking far-left liberal married to an even bigger stinking far-left liberal who caused incredible damage to the reputation and social integrity of our nation.

    • David Zenger

      Well, of course. She did it in Vietnamese first so nobody but a few hundred ancient remnants of the corrupt Thieu/Ky regime would know what she was talking about.

      Then the parody kicked in as Joan of Garden Grove was immolated by the evil commies.

      Pa-thetic.

      The only question is whether her Vietnamese is as embarrassing as her English.

      And for the love of God, someone please tell Bates to quit using that 30 year old picture.

      • Jacki Livingston

        LOL…Bates is delusional, always has been.

  • verifiedsane

    what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander

  • Jacki Livingston

    I don’t care about Hayden. Meh. But Janet Nguyen is one of the most crooked, criminal politicians ever to come from the OC, and she shouldn’t be speaking in front of the Senate, she should be in jail.