The picture remains incredible for a president who will probably never let go and said on Sunday that nothing will convince him that he is lost. Yet Republicans and Trump’s helpers are encouraged to at least consider attending Biden’s oath, hoping his presence will both reflect his character well and help retain his future influence, while also convincing Americans that the election was fair.
“I hope the president is there on the inaugural day,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican overseeing the January inauguration, on CNN’s Dana Bash show on Sunday’s “State of the Union.”
Blunt, who refused to call Biden on the president-elect, continued to say it was “likely” that the former vice president would take the oath on Jan. 20. He said he “continues to work to see what we can do to get both presidents and there is Vice President Biden, who probably took the oath that day.”
Just as others around Trump, who are concerned about his ever-widespread election conspiracies, could damage both his own position and the position of Republicans, Blunt argued that Trump could retain more influence if he left the White House with dignity.
“I think President Trump has a big role to play,” Blunt said. “I hope you embrace that and see how you can move on, provided that this choice works as it seems.”
Whether the outgoing president will accept this advice is still unknown. Trump did not take any of the outgoing commander-in-chief’s traditional steps, including inviting Biden to a meeting at the Oval Office, or even phoning with any sort of reconciliation message.
It took weeks for Biden to be appointed president, and the Trump government officially began the presidential transition, which raised serious concerns about the safety and planning for the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.
The transition has now begun, and members of Trump’s administration are talking to the Biden team about what to expect when they take office in January. But Trump has made no attempt to demonstrate proper transitional etiquette with his subordinates, while continuing to make false and baseless allegations about voter fraud.
Speaking in a Sunday interview, Trump declined to offer a timetable for when he could ease his losing battle to overthrow the election results. And he admitted that even if Biden took office, he would still not be convinced he had lost it.
“My thinking won’t change in six months,” Fox said.
Six months later, he’s well past his January 20 inauguration, and a president who is convinced he’s being unfairly fired is barely showing up and watching someone else take office.
Trump’s call to keep Americans ’confidence in their elections hardly seems like a winning argument against a leader whose overall goal seems to undermine faith in the democratic process to dismiss the lost fact.
Yet, a man who is familiar with the situation thinks Trump’s advisers will strongly encourage him to inaugurate on Jan. 20, even if he doesn’t allow the election because it would better preserve his potential influence in the future – including, if you decide to start again in 2024 – if you don’t seem like a sore loser.
Trump told reporters on Thursday that he had already decided what to do on the day of the inauguration. “I’ll be honest, I know the answer, but I just don’t want to say it yet,” he said. But the aides saw this more as a postponement of the issue and did not think an actual decision had been made.
Blunt said in a CNN speech on Sunday that he did not speak directly to Trump about attending the inauguration. But he said he had contacted the president’s helpers about the best ways to ensure he could continue to be a member of the Republican Party.
“I must have encouraged your staff to look at the transition now, look at the opportunity for Georgia to help us win these Senate seats, see what the President can do if the President leaves the White House, as he says do, if you lose the Electoral College vote to help us get the house back in 2022, ”he said.
When Trump was sworn in four years ago, President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, were greeted at the White House for coffee before heading to the ceremony. This followed the incoming President’s reception of the incoming President, a symbolic demonstration of the peaceful transfer of power that has defined the U.S. government for more than two centuries.
Mrs. Obama later admitted that the day had been difficult for her, especially because Trump had spread racist lies about her husband’s birthplace. But he endured it anyway, he said, because it’s important in maintaining a peaceful transfer.
The seated president usually leaves the White House next to the incoming one last time and travels to the U.S. Capitol in the presidential limousine for the swearing-in ceremony.
Later, the new president usually takes off permanently from Washington on board a military helicopter and then hacks to Andrews Common Base on a final flight aboard an aircraft that would have been called Air Force One during their presidency.
Whether Trump is involved in any of the traditions is now intense speculation among his helpers, few of whom believe he would take any conciliatory step when disputing the validity of the election.
Leaving behind in the oval office is usually a letter from one president to another, another tradition, no one really knows if Trump will uphold it.
In a letter to Obama, which was announced by CNN in 2017, Obama offered preliminary advice that few could say was complied with.
“We are only temporarily abstaining from this office. In doing so, we become guardians of the democratic institutions and traditions — such as the rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection, and civil liberties — for which our predecessors fought and bled,” Obama wrote.
“Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics,” he continued, “it is up to us to leave the tools of our democracy at least as strong as we have found them.”