Instead of a Bible, Diep chose to place his hand on Captain America’s shield—whose ideals he admires—as he was sworn in as a San Jose city councilman. He wanted to “bring a moment of levity to the proceedings” and proudly held the shield during the ceremony.
A routine council seat swearing-in might not get much attention outside of local news, but Marvel fans delighted in learning that a councilman used Captain America’s shield for his ceremony.
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“I think Captain America represents—embodies the ideals of America,” Diep told NBC Bay Area afterwards. “And those are the kind of things I’m hoping to strive for: Equal justice, fair play, and, democracy.”
We imagine he aligns more with earlier comic book versions of Steven Rogers and not the Hydra-infused current run.
While Diep plans to take his job seriously, he hopes that adding a bit of fun to local politics might engage more people and have them pay attention to it.
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Steve would be proud indeed.