It would have been weird for Donald Trump to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration. The 45th president had spent the previous number of months lying about the results. And, of course, those lies led to an insurrection on the United States Capitol.
In an effort to avoid controversy, Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers told Trump not to attend. Trump later made it out to seem like the decision was one he made on his own.
In his new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, Jon Karl writes, “McConnell felt he could not give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. McConnell wanted to get a letter together from the top four congressional leaders informing Trump that he had been disinvited.”
The report continues, “Kevin McCarthy opposed the idea, arguing it would be an important message of unity to have Trump attend the ceremony as Biden took the oath of office. But McConnell was determined to disinvite Trump regardless of whether McCarthy would sign the letter.”
The former president later tweeted on January 8th, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20.”
Karl writes, “Trump apparently wanted people to think it was his decision alone to become the first outgoing president after an election to fail to attend an inauguration since Andrew Johnson skipped the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant in 1869.”
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