On Wednesday, at high noon in the now-desolate city of Washington DC, Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as the 46th President of these United States.
The moment could be a tense one, after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6th, forcing approximately 25,000 National Guard troops to be stationed in and around the nation’s capital.
The FBI still believes that there is a real threat of violence on Wednesday, despite the fact that warnings about local action on the 18th and 19th have thus far failed to materialize.
President Trump won’t be on hand for the event, however, as he plans to skedaddle out to Mar-a-Lago in the morning before the inauguration.
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Senate Majority Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to see him go, too.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly placed blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that the president and others “provoked” those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s election.
McConnell’s remarks as he opened the Senate were his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump. The Republican leader vowed a “safe and successful” inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which is under extremely tight security.
There was no mistaking his meaning.
“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”
President Trump is being investigated by the Washington DC attorney general over his comments to the crowd that would later storm the Capitol, and could theoretically charge him with incitement as a private citizen.
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