President Trump has announced he “will not be going to the Inauguration” of President-elect Joe Biden. This is the first President since 1869 to skip the ceremony of his successor.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Donald Trump said in a tweet.
Trump will be the fourth president to not attend his successor’s inauguration. Former presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson did not attend their successors’ inaugural ceremonies.
Trump’s statement comes just two days after pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol Building to stop Congress from certifying the election results.
The riot at the Capitol resulted in five deaths — including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who had been shot inside the building — and at least 70 arrests.
Trump, during the Capitol raid, tweeted a taped video to supporters, telling them to “go home.” He said, “I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace.”
Trump continued, “So go home, we love you, you’re very special, you’ve seen what happens, you’ve seen the way others are treated that are so bad, so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace,” he said.
The president, after posting the video, tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & peace.”
Congress returned later Wednesday night to certify the Electoral College vote, formally giving Joe Biden his presidential victory.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino posted a statement from the president on Twitter early Thursday morning, saying, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” Trump said. “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Trump posted another video on Thursday night after being blocked from Twitter and Facebook for violating their policies with his previous posts, condemning the “heinous attack” on the Capitol by his supporters and called for healing.
Friday morning, he tweeted, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future.”