4 years after standing on stage at his personal inauguration and portray a dire image of “American carnage,” Trump departs the workplace twice impeached, with thousands and thousands extra out of labor and 400,000 lifeless from the coronavirus. Republicans underneath his watch misplaced the presidency and each chambers of Congress. He will probably be eternally remembered for the ultimate main act of his presidency: inciting an riot on the Capitol that left 5 lifeless, together with a Capitol Police officer, and horrified the nation.
Trump would be the first president in fashionable historical past to boycott his successor’s inauguration as he continues to stew about his loss and privately maintains the election that President-elect Joe Biden pretty received was stolen from him. Republican officers in a number of important states, members of his personal administration and a large swath of judges, together with these appointed by Trump, have rejected these arguments.
Nonetheless, Trump has refused to take part in any of the symbolic passing-of-the-torch traditions surrounding the peaceable transition of energy, together with inviting the Bidens over for a get-to-know-you go to.
By the point Biden is sworn in, Trump will have already got landed at his non-public Mar-a-Lago membership in Palm Seaside, Florida, to face an unsure future, however not earlier than giving himself a grand sendoff — with a crimson carpet, a army band and even a 21-gun salute.
Friends have been invited, however it’s unclear what number of will attend. Even Vice President Mike Pence plans to skip the occasion, citing the logistical challenges of getting from the air base to the inauguration ceremonies. Washington has been reworked right into a safety fortress, with hundreds of Nationwide Guard troops, fencing and checkpoints to attempt to stave off additional violence.