Sources at NBC News are reporting that we should always not count on to see Trump’s pouting face at Joe Biden’s inaugural. Which is a disgrace, not simply because watching Trump scowl his approach by the ceremony could be a supply of nationwide leisure, however as a result of it might be an absolute breech in a protracted line of peaceable transitions. Nevertheless, Trump wouldn’t be the primary; Andrew Johnson was the final of three who refused to attend the inauguration of the successors. Racist. Authoritarian. Impeached. Feels like an acceptable function mannequin.
Along with not displaying as much as sign the unbroken chain of presidency authority, Trump additionally intends to refuse Biden the essential courtesies concerned in handing over energy. Meaning Trump doesn’t intend to supply Biden and his household the standard go to and tour of the White Home. On the one hand, that’s fantastic. Biden is aware of the place to seek out it. Nevertheless, it’s emblematic of how Trump will do absolutely the minimal that is perhaps interpreted as accepting the end result of the election. Trump additionally by no means intends to name Biden to concede.
There’s little doubt that the 2021 inaugural will likely be a constrained affair, restricted as it will likely be by the pandemic that Trump has not even tried to manage. (Although if just a few million doses of vaccine do get to frontline healthcare employees, inviting as lots of them as can attend to be Biden’s company, and celebrating them on the day of the inauguration, is perhaps good.)
However Trump is prone to do the whole lot he can to rain on that day. Not solely will he not attend—he could select that day to announce the start of his 2024 marketing campaign. That announcement could be not only a thumb within the eye of custom and an enormous center finger to even a second of nationwide unity, it might be an absolute sign to Mitch McConnell and Republicans in each the Home and Senate that any signal of regular governance over the following 4 years could be unacceptable.
Nonetheless, there’s one thing Trump ought to bear in mind … each act will get outdated finally. And he’s outdated already.