“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
United States outgoing President Donald Trump announced Friday that he won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration, seemingly flip-flopping on his pledge to promote “healing” in the wake of his far-right supporters orchestrating a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted.
Trump will become the sixth president in American history to not attend the inauguration of his successor.
Richard Nixon was the last president who didn’t do so after resigning in disgrace in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal.
Trump’s inauguration pullout came less than 24 hours after he posted a video on Twitter condemning Wednesday’s Capitol attack and vowing to provide a “seamless” hand-off to Biden’s administration.
Trump said in the video that “This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,”.
On Wednesday, Trump’s tone was distinctly different.
In what will go down as one of the darkest speeches in modern American history, Trump urged a crowd of far-right supporters outside the White House to “fight like hell” and march to the U.S. Capitol to stop the congressional certification of Biden’s election victory.
At least five people, including a police officer, died in the mayhem that ensued, as the pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, touting guns and confederate battle flags.
Instead of immediately condemning the heinous assault on democracy, Trump posted a since-removed Twitter video in which he professed his “love” for the violent attackers.
“You’re very special,” Trump told the rioters, “but go home.”
While Trump will be a no-show at Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush are also making plans to be in Washington for the transfer of power, according to CNN.