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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Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway
With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.
“Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.
Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”
The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.
Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.
One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”
The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”
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