President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will not be attending the inauguration of incoming president Joe Biden.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
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
This does not come as a surprise given Trump’s rhetoric and behavior following the most divisive election in recent memory. Trump has repeatedly claimed that serious allegations of fraud in several swing states constitute sufficient reason to believe that the election was stolen from him. Nevertheless, various courts have rejected lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal team and others, and Congress has confirmed Biden’s victory.
According to The Hill, advisers say Trump will likely travel to Florida a day before the inauguration in order to use Air Force One.
This will be the first time an outgoing president has refused to attend his successor’s inauguration in 152 years. The last president to do it was Andrew Johnson, who refused to attend Ulysses S. Grant’s inauguration in 1869. Like Trump, Johnson also beared the mark of being an impeached president whom the Senate failed to convict.
Other outgoing presidents who refused to attend their successors’ inaugurations include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Martin Van Buren. The 1800 election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is often considered to be one of the most divisive elections in US history, though Adams and Jefferson famously reconciled through correspondence in retirement. Quincy Adams refused to attend Andrew Jackson’s inauguration in 1829, while Van Buren did not attend William Henry Harrison’s in 1841.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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