With or without Trump, the show must and will go on, and Biden, too, has said that his presence personally does not matter to him.
Four years ago, the country saw then-president Barack Obama respectfully invite Donald Trump into the White House as the latter was ready to take over the Oval Office after being elected by the American voters. But this year, Trump may not be gracious enough to afford the same treatment to his successor, as Joe Biden emerged as the clear winner in the 2020 elections. Reports state that he may even boycott Biden's swearing-in ceremony altogether.
When Trump appeared on a Fox & Friends interview, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked him, "So would you show up at the inauguration?"
"I don’t want to talk about that," Trump said in response. What he did want to talk about, instead, was elaborate more on the baseless claims that he had won the 2020 presidential elections even though the president attempts to prove it over the last have failed time and again.
"I want to talk about this," Trump went on to say. "We’ve done a great job. I got more votes than any president in the history of our country. In the history of our country, right? Not even close — 75 million far more than Obama, far more than anybody. And they say we lost an election. We didn’t lose. If I got 10 million fewer votes, they say I couldn’t have lost."
It is important to mention that, so far, there has been absolutely no concrete evidence that indicates voter fraud in the 2020 elections, and the Trump team's relentless fight to prove otherwise has come across as wild claims that have no proof.
Unable to accept the clear winner chosen by the American voters and concede, Trump added in the interview that the country would get an "illegitimate" president, as reported by The Hill.
"I worry about the country having an illegitimate president. That’s what I worry about," Trump said. "A president that lost and lost badly. This wasn’t like a close election. You look at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big." Ever since the elections, news channels have been very careful with giving the President and his staff air-time when they claim having won the elections because it's viewed as perpetuating fake news with no proof.
Trump's statements come at the heels of reports suggesting he might not only skip Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, but also possibly kick off his 2024 campaign on the very day the President-elect is being sworn in.
"Trump may announce for 2024 on inauguration day. Either way, he won't attend the inauguration and does not plan to invite Biden to the White House or even call him," Ken Dilanian from NBC News, wrote on Twitter.
Per my NBC News colleagues: Trump may announce for 2024 on inauguration day. Either way, he won't attend the inauguration and does not plan to invite Biden to the White House or even call him.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) December 1, 2020
As Trump still cannot fathom the idea of accepting defeat, he also suggested to some of his advisers and confidants the idea of having a 2024-related event during Biden's inauguration week, according to The Daily Beast.
Over the past four years, Trump has managed to make quite the mark for himself and stand out from a long line of presidents. And if he doesn't attend Biden's inauguration ceremony, then once again, he would make a mark for himself by being the first president in more than 150 years to not take part in the swearing-in ceremony of the presidential successor. Only three other presidents have done this in American history, and pouting Trump would be the fourth to join this small group.
“It's been a long time since an outgoing president didn't participate, but Trump wouldn't be as unique as perhaps his supporters think," Jim Bendat, an inaugural historian and author of Democracy’s Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013, told ABC News.
Although Trump still refuses to give an answer on whether he would attend the inauguration, Biden on the other hand told CNN that Trump's participation is "important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate, at the end of this chaos that he's created, that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands and moving on," as quoted by ABC News.
But the fact remains that with or without Trump, the show must and will go on, as Biden clearly said that his presence personally does not matter to him.