The transition of power from one President to another is a time-honored tradition steeped in formal and informal protocols. Throw all of them out the window in 2021, because it promises to be an Inauguration unlike any other on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House and President Trump moves out.
For one thing, Trump has essentially been told he’s no longer welcome in his hometown of New York City, so he, Melania and Barron will instead fly to Palm Beach, Florida, and their Mar-A-Lago estate there.
The crowds might be smaller at the actual inauguration than the numbers of security forces on the ground in Washington, D.C., as the entire region is on edge, hoping for the best but preparing for potential violence and unrest on Wednesday.
The Biden transition team has been saying for weeks they want the crowd to be small for his swearing in, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic and also because of the riots that occurred on January 6, and the potential for something similar happening again.
Multiple reports say President Trump will actually leave Washington before Wednesday, partly to avoid the awkwardness of being the first sitting president to refuse to attend his successor’s ceremony since 1869, and according to Business Insider, also because Trump would like to use Air Force One to fly to Florida before Biden takes possession of the jet.
In 2017, following the inauguration of President Trump, the Obama’s flew off in a military plane to Palm Springs, California. Rumors in the past weeks also circulated that Trump might even fly all the way to Scotland, to start his post-presidency on one of his European golf courses.
Brace yourself, there’s no question there will be one more week of full-on Presidential Drama swirling around Donald Trump.