Following President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he will not be attending the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as anticipated, Biden later in the day quipped that Trump not showing up is “One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”
Leading up to Trump confirming his no-show, there was an abundance of reports and speculation that the outgoing president would break with tradition, skip his successor’s inauguration, possibly jet down to his warm-weather retreat at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and even maybe throw a political rally of some sort. Unlike Trump, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly might attend Biden’s swearing-in as a show of unity after a divisive election.
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Biden was speaking at a Friday press conference when he brought up that he was informed of Trump’s plans for January 20, then saying him not attending is “One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”
“It’s a good thing—him not showing up,” the president-elect added.
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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