President Donald Trump said he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20
The President took to Twitter on Friday morning -- now that his account is no longer suspended -- to announce his decision not to attend the event.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.,” he tweeted.
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
When Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, the defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton did attend the event. The New York Times described her as “stoic” at the event, but she was there.
“This was not the inauguration Hillary Clinton thought she would be attending. Some Democrats, still bitter about her election night defeat, grumbled privately that she should have skipped Donald J. Trump’s swearing-in, as 60 House Democrats did on Friday. But a groundswell of supporters praised her fortitude,” The NY Times reported.
White House Historical Association:— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2021
In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant refused to ride with Andrew Johnson. When it was suggested that two carriages carry them separately, Johnson said he would simply not attend the ceremonies, remaining instead at the White House.
Meanwhile, Democrats are discussing whether to move forward with the quick impeachment of Trump if his Cabinet doesn’t try to remove him first, acting swiftly two days after the U.S. Capitol was ransacked by a pro-Trump mob.
There was talk of invoking the 25th Amendment -- lawmakers have been pressuring Cabinet members, and Vice President Mike Pence, to do so. However, it appears impeachment is the next viable option after silence on the issue from Pence and the rest of the administration.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says President Donald Trump is a “danger to the Republic” and should be removed from office immediately by impeachment, resignation or invoking the 25th Amendment.
Schiff said Friday that Democrats warned during Trump’s impeachment that he would “try to cheat” to remain in office.
Now, he said Trump “lit the fuse which exploded on Wednesday at the Capitol” as a mob loyal to the president stormed the Capitol. Five people died from the mayhem, including a Capitol police officer.