The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place on January 20, 2021, and the host will change at the White House. But current President Donald Trump would not have been himself if he had not made a real show out of this already high-profile event long before it began. He announced that he refused to leave the White House. "From the residence of the American leader on the day of the inauguration, he will not leave. Only to be taken out on the steps," Trump's advisers are quoted as saying in a CNN commentary.
How it all started
The US presidential election took place on November 3, 2020. Joe Biden overtook Donald Trump with 306 state electoral votes against the required 270, thereby becoming President-elect of the United States. Trump is confident that the victory was stolen from him as a result of rigging, and his team continues to challenge the election results in courts.
On December 17, 2020, Trump told a number of his advisers that he himself would not leave the White House on the day of Biden's inauguration - let him be taken out. Some of Trump's advisers really fear a scandal, others are sure that the incumbent just flared up, and such statements are nothing more than a deep denial of the victory of the Democrats, and the transfer of power will be peaceful. "He's throwing a damn tantrum. He's actually going to leave," one of them noted.
Can Trump Really Stay in the White House?
The term of office of the still President Donald Trump will end at noon on January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden will officially become President of the United States. From this moment on, Trump will not be subject to federal employees and the military, and his stay in the White House will be illegal, and if he nevertheless decides to stay there, representatives of the US Secret Service will withdraw him.
It is also rumored that the current head of the White House may hide in the "secret places of the residence." For such a case, several plans were allegedly developed: "soft" (persuasion and conversations through the family) and "hard" (expulsion with the participation of the marines).
Having connected imagination, it is quite possible to imagine how Trump on D-day will defiantly sit on the porch of the White House and wait until the Secret Service officers begin to gently lower him down the stairs under the arms of the Secret Service. Or how he squirms and squeals as the Seals physically carry him out of the White House.
Trump is undoubtedly a bright and flamboyant politician, but the reputational risks of such antics are quite high. There is a chance it will scare off the hesitant voters he may need in the 2024 election.
What else can Trump do?
Trump's presence at Biden's inauguration remains questionable. The incumbent president of the United States can exchange the inauguration ceremony for a rally in Florida.
Rumor has it that Donald Trump plans to leave the White House by helicopter on January 20, and then board a plane and travel to Florida, where he will hold a rally at which he could announce his intention to run for US President in 2024. Such an act will be beneficial to him in the media - it will distract part of the public from Biden's inauguration, but will break the long tradition of joint tea drinking in the White House before the swearing-in of the elected president.
No matter how loud statements Trump makes, the process of transfer of power has already begun and, most likely, will pass without any special incidents. The fact is that the US president has unprecedented power, so preparations for its transfer begin after the announcement of the election results. Immediately after his inauguration, the President of the United States must get to work and be able to make decisions. This is the whole essence of American democracy: in politics and economics, the people will not notice the transition period, but they will watch the performances with pleasure.