Californian councilman sworn into office holding a Captain America shield

  • A San Jose City councilman was sworn into office while holding a Captain America shield
  • Newly elected councilman Lan Diep considers Captain America as the embodiment of America’s ideals
  • Diep is a self-professed comic book geek

Newly elected San Jose City, California councilman created a bit of a spectacle when he was sworn into office while holding a replica of the red, white and blue Captain America shield.

Houston-born to Vietnamese parents, 32-year-old Lan Diep, a self-professed comic book geek, said the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, January 24, was actually his third one.

“I already had my group swearing in, and that was official. That one goes to the state. And I had this really cool shield that I never get to show anybody. One of the most patriotic things that you can do is get involved in democracy,” Lan Diep, a Republican legal aid attorney, said.

According to CBS, Diep was asked if he thought his Captain America stunt was dignified, he replied, “I don’t think it was undignified.”

He said he considers Captain America as the embodiment of America’s ideals.

 “I mean, this is a Captain America shield. It stands for something. It stands for democracy, for equal justice, for fair play. It’s not like I wore a Batman mask into chambers and I degraded the proceedings somehow,” he reasoned.

City Mayor Sam Licardo concedes that bringing a little fun in long, tedious council meetings is welcome.

“If they make me wear a cape, then I’ll be very concerned about the dignity of the office, but for now, I think we’ll be fine,” said Liccardo.

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