Republican Senator Suggests Delaying Biden Presidency Until COVID-19 Is Over

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has a suggestion for Joe Biden’s inauguration and swearing-in as President of the United States — he believes it should be held off until after the pandemic is controlled.

US Senator says Biden shouldn't take office until COVID-19 is over
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Tuberville was championed in the Republican primary in July by Donald Trump. He was running against Jeff Sessions, who had angered Trump in his role as Attorney General by recusing himself from the investigation into the president’s interactions with Russia. Now, as Trump has only days left as president, Tuberville believes that the inauguration of the next president should be delayed.

Speaking to WKRG, Tuberville addressed a number of topics, including the attack on the Capitol, which he condemned, the impeachment of Donald Trump, which he also condemned, and the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden. He suggested that the inauguration would be better delayed.

President-Elect Joe Biden has laid out plans for combatting COVID-19. Donald Trump, by comparison, actively fought to have testing slowed down, because the numbers made him look bad.

However, Tuberville suggested that Congress had their priorities wrong by impeaching Trump during a pandemic and that the virus should also delay Biden’s inauguration and swearing-in.

“We probably could have had a swearing-in and inauguration later after we got this virus behind us a little bit. Again, we’re talking about Washington, D.C.”

Tuberville has been among the many right-wing voices promoting unproven allegations of election fraud, and suggesting that Trump’s supporters have been unfairly silenced.

The current president’s term ends on January 20 at noon, and the U.S. Constitution requires that the new president takes an oath before taking on any duties.

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