Cumulating four years of contrary standards, Trump is the first US president in more than 150 years to ignore the inauguration of his successor.
US President Donald Trump has left the White House.
Trump boarded the Presidential Marine One helicopter at 8:20 a.m. (1:20 p.m. GMT) Wednesday.
He spoke briefly to reporters calling his tenure the “honor of a lifetime” and “four incredible years” before boarding the helicopter en route for a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, before flying to Florida.
The departure comes less than four hours before Joe Biden becomes the country’s 46th president.
To crown a presidency that boasted of sidestepping modern political norms, Trump ended his four-year stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with one final violation of decorum as he became the first president in more than 150 years to jump the investiture of his successor.
Instead, the real estate mogul turned businessman turned president argued that the November election had been ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen’ – claims that have proven to be baseless in reality despite numerous legal challenges. audits and recounts.
While failing to overturn the results, Trump’s provocative disinformation campaign has made leave a mark.
Rioters instigated by the president raped the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify Biden’s victory on January 6. Five people were killed in the violence.
In an extraordinary moment on Tuesday, Trump’s last full day in office, Republican Majority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, explicitly blamed Trump, saying the rioters were “fed on lies” and “provoked by the President and ‘other powerful people’.
As Trump has been pulled from Joint Base Andrews, the country has continued to brace for further violence from “domestic extremists” who federal officials say could target Washington, DC and the capitals of all 50 US states.
The storming of the seat of the US legislature this month, the first time since 1814, could also derail Trump’s future political ambitions; as a single-term president, he would be eligible for a second term in 2024.
But lawmakers are seeking to prevent Trump from occupying a U.S. office in the future.
Accused of “inciting an insurgency” for his relentless attempts to overturn the election results and a fiery rally staged before the Capitol split, Trump became on January 14 the only president in US history to be dismissed twice by the House of Representatives.
A Senate trial in the early days of the Biden administration could see Trump banned from federal office again, with McConnell’s words indicating that some Republicans could face sentencing.
Preparing for the political future
Trump, who had never served in public office before, established himself in the conservative media as a promoter of the unfounded and racist “Birther movement” which claimed that then President Barack Obama was not not a US citizen.
His meteoric rise in the 2016 Republican primary reshaped the party, while his campaign launch speech calling Mexican migrants “rapists” set the tone for a nationalist and divisive style that has come to define broad swathes. party.
After leaving office, Trump floated the idea of creating his own media empire that could rival Fox News, a network that both served as Trump’s de facto spokesperson.
Trump, who is reportedly traveling to Florida, to reflect on his future with a small group of assistants, also faces an ongoing investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney into “widespread and prolonged criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” the conglomerate he owns.
The New York State Attorney General is also investigating possible fraudulent business practices by Trump and his organization.
Along with a series of lawsuits, Trump could also face a criminal investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney in Georgia, who is considering an investigation into Trump. attempt to convince the state’s top electoral official to change the vote count.
When Trump’s term ends at noon, he will no longer be immune from impeachment.