The Unpeaceful Transfer of Power
As Donald J. Trump prepares to step out of the White House for the very last time today, Joe Biden, a man of deep and abiding faith, is attending mass with majority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Kevin McCarthy this morning.
Not since 1869, when Andrew Johnson refused to hand off the peaceful transfer of power to Ulysses S. Grant, has an outgoing president failed to attend the incoming president’s inauguration.
But under no circumstances will Trump’s absence put a damper on President-elect Biden’s inauguration, because there’s no vitriol in Biden’s heart, no unkind bone in his body, no negativity in his soul — unlike Trump, whose four-year term in office will forever be marked by derision, toxicity, a Capitol stained with the people’s blood, and multiple attempts to undo a fair and square election. Trump will go down in history as a we-versus-them president who doubled down on everything that goes against what our constitution and democracy stand for.
Without a doubt, the United States of America is more than ready to welcome Joseph Biden to the presidency today, January 20, 2021; in fact, the country has a yearning for tradition, peace and tranquility. At long last, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who will become this nation’s 46th president, will restore honor, grace and dignity to our country and make it proud and whole again. On Day One of his presidency, he will issue a flurry of executive orders that will undo so many of the harmful actions the outgoing president signed off on, not the least of which is the Climate Change Accord and America’s pivotal role in the United Nations.
Though Trump left a letter at the White House for the incoming president, it’s important to note the fact that he felt the need to once again break with tradition by never mentioning President-elect Biden’s name in his last and brief speech at Andrews Air Force Base before flying off to Florida this morning. What a disgrace. What a shame. This country will never forget what he failed to do during and after leaving office.