President Donald Trump is planning to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden on Inauguration Day by skipping the event and holding an opposing political rally, sources familiar with discussions told Axios.
The “made-for-TV grand finale,” Alayna Treene of Axios writes, will reportedly feature “a White House departure on Marine One and final Air Force One flight to Florida for a political rally opposite Joe Biden’s inauguration” on January 20.
Citing three people familiar with discussions, NBC News first reported on Tuesday that Trump is considering using this rally to launch a 2024 presidential bid, an idea that has been circulating around the rumor mill for a few weeks now. While nothing has reportedly been decided yet, NBC notes that Trump could announce a campaign earlier than January 20.
Meanwhile, Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden as he and his supporters continue to launch legal challenges against the results in certain states, alleging election fraud. So far, his challenges have failed to change the winner in any states.
Simultaneously, Biden is well under way in selecting the members of his incoming administration.
Only three presidents in U.S. history have skipped the inauguration ceremony of their successor: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829, and Andrew Johnson in 1869. Like each of these instances, Trump skipping Biden’s swearing-in ceremony would follow a contentious presidential election.
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