Watch: Biden Says Trump Attending Inauguration Doesn’t Personally Matter To Him, but Is Important for Image of the Country
Late on election night, Fox News called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden. Since that moment, Donald Trump has been on a month long temper tantrum. The 45th president has essentially abdicated his duties to rage against the election process.
Another element of Trump’s post election anger is doing anything he can to undermine Joe Biden. This includes potentially refusing the attend Biden’s inauguration. When asked about those threats, the former vice president said it doesn’t really matter if Trump was there, but that it would look good for the country.
Biden made the comments while interviewing with Jake Tapper. The CNN host asked, “President Trump has not said whether he’s going to attend your inauguration yet. Do you think it’s important that he’s there?”
Tapper then asked why Biden was laughing. “I think it would — important only in one sense,” said the president elect. “Not in a personal sense. Important in the sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he’s created that there is peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there shaking hands and moving on.”
“I really worry about the image we're presenting to the rest of the world … they’re wondering, ‘my Lord, these things happen in tinhorn dictatorships. This is not the United States’” — Biden on why it’s important for Trump to attend the inauguration pic.twitter.com/flkuwoR7Sl
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“What I worry about, Jake, more than the impact on the domestic politics, I really worry about the image we’re presenting to the rest of the world. The power of our example. And look we are we are now in the world. Look how we’re viewed. They’re wondering ‘My lord, these things happen in tinhorn dictatorships.’ This is not the United States. In that sense the protocol of the transfer of power I think is important, but it is totally his decision and it’s of no personal consequence to me. But I do think it is for the country.”