Amid calls for a second impeachment, resignation, and the 25th Amendment, President Donald Trump has announced that he is not going to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration, though he has committed to an “orderly transition of power.”
President Trump will be the first president not to attend the inauguration of his successor since Andrew Johnson in 1869. Many are speculating that Vice President Mike Pence will have to attend to represent the outgoing administration.
The fight seems to be over. The president was attempting to use every legal avenue to contest the results of a severely flawed election riddled with evidence of fraud and irregularities, but it appears that those efforts were unsuccessful. The evidence may never be investigated, and conservatives may never see Joe Biden as a legitimate president.
Democrats’ refusal to allow the investigations only fuels the fire of Trump supporters’ anger. If they are so confident that Biden won legally and fairly, giving the American people the peace of mind of an investigation would help relieve the tension and affirm their confidence in election integrity. Clearly, they have a reason to block these investigations.
President Trump is making his last stand to show the American people that this transition is not legitimate, by refusing to attend the inauguration. Though it is just a symbolic gesture, it still means something.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” President Trump tweeted on the morning of January 8, just twelve days before Inauguration Day.
To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
American tradition dictates that the outgoing president invites the incoming president to the White House, and they ride together to the inauguration. But this “transition” is anything but traditional.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are planning to attend the ceremony.