President Trump has stated that he plans to skip the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, revealing his plans in a tweet he posted on his social media account.
His decision not to attend the event will make him the first president to do so since 1869. Trump will be only the fourth president to not attend the incoming president’s inauguration in American history.
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Trump did not explain his decision or elaborate on his plans, simply writing, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
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
Trump’s announcement comes just one day after the president acknowledged his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
“Congress has certified the votes. A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” he said. “Serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime, and to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” he said. “To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country.”
This decision seems likely to be one that was made as a means to make sure the inauguration didn’t experience any sort of disturbance due to his presence.
Just imagine how many Antifa members would probably have shown up to protest his appearance. It wouldn’t have been worth going in the first place.
And, of course, the president still doesn’t believe that Biden won the election fairly, so why would he go to the inauguration? That would be an admission that he now believes otherwise.