On Friday, President Trump announced that he would not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Two days after the mob of rioters breached the U.S. Capitol and disrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, Trump tweeted out his plans of skipping the inauguration on January 20.
The actions of the President before and during the riot placed him under heavy criticism. His administration has also suffered a string of high-profile resignations since the day of the incident. Trump wrote on Twitter, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20.”
U.S. President Donald Trump says he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20th. Only 3 outgoing presidents have not attended the inauguration of their successor: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829 and Andrew Johnson in 1869.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) January 8, 2021
Meanwhile, Vice President Pence reportedly intends to attend the inauguration of Joe Biden. Three sources close to Vice President Pence said that the VP is likely to participate in the inauguration on January 20, as reported by the Daily Wire.
According to sources, Vice President Pence’s decision was made more comfortable, even after President Trump publicly announced his demand to investigate the Electoral College results. A person close to Pence also said that it was a more difficult decision for Pence to let go. However, now it is less difficult.
Vice President Pence, who has been one of President Trump’s closest allies, was reportedly angered with him for such rhetoric.
After the heightened pressure from President Trump to block the certification of electors on some swing states, Vice President Pence released a letter in response to Wednesday’s commotion, asserting that Trump does not have the constitutional authority to do so.
Pence said in a letter to the Congress on Wednesday, “The President is the chief executive officer of the Federal Government under our Constitution, possessing immense power to impact the lives of the American people.”
VP Pence has reached his limit for loyalty to Pres Trump & is NOT going to disrupt the count happening in Congress. His letter states, “the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.” pic.twitter.com/dzwekLkrCU
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 6, 2021
He also added, “the Presidency belongs to the American people, and to them alone. When disputes concerning a presidential election arise, under Federal law, it is the people’s representative who reviews the evidence and resolves disputes through a
In addition to this, Pence also added that Our Founders were skeptical of concentration of power. That is why they created a Republic that is based on the separation of powers and checks and balances under the Constitution of the United States.
Pence continued, “As a student of history who loves the Constitution and reveres its Framers, I do not believe that the Founders of our country intended to invest the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the Joint Session of Congress, and no Vice President in American history has ever asserted such authority.”
The Vice President also added that Vice Presidents who preside over Joint Sessions have uniformly followed the Electoral Count Act, conducting the proceedings in an orderly manner, even where the count resulted in the defeat of their party or their own candidacy.
BREAKING: Vice President Pence announces the 306-232 Electoral College vote count after hours of debate, officially affirming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winners of the election https://t.co/wTKxzqAo9U pic.twitter.com/tFW58tANA4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 7, 2021
It was previously reported that Vice President Pence was furious at how President Trump handled his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok) had a “long conversation” with Pence on Tuesday night, the night before protesters broke into the Capitol to protest the election results. It was also reported that Pence felt a feeling of betrayal from the President after he attacked him over the Electoral College certification.
Inhofe said, “I’ve known Mike Pence forever. I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today.”