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Gingrich: Trump should attend Biden inauguration

Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) said early Tuesday that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE should “probably” attend President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s inauguration in January.

“I think that we’ve only had a couple of presidents in history who didn’t” attend their successors’ inauguration, Gingrich told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “John Quincy Adams didn’t. And the Republican in 1868 didn’t. But other than those two, it’s a routine.”

“If he does not go, I think he has to explain why,” Gingrich added. “So I think Trump’s got to decide, you know, what best communicates his message. I think his instinct is not to go, because he’s convinced the election was stolen.”

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Hewitt also asked Gingrich whether he believes the president's refusal to accept the result of the election could hurt the 2024 bid Trump is reportedly considering.

“No. I think in 2024, if Biden has done an amazing job, and everything’s working, Biden will be hard to beat. In 2024, if, as I suspect will happen, all of the various left-wing policies fail, and we’re in a total mess, nobody’s going to look back and worry about this period,” Gingrich responded.

Trump earlier this month told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade that he “[didn’t] want to talk about” whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration, while continuing to claim Biden “lost and lost badly.” The Electoral College earlier this month affirmed Biden's win and a growing number of Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (R-Ky.) have called him the president-elect.

The president is reportedly considering officially kicking off a 2024 bid timed to coincide with Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Rep.-elect Darrell IssaDarrell Edward Issa'If this thing qualifies, I'm toast': An oral history of the Gray Davis recall in California House Republicans urge opposition to vaccine patent waiver Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America MORE (R-Calif.) has also called on Trump to attend the inauguration.

“The reality is when the outgoing and the incoming president join, it is a unique time. It’s a time in which America respects both of these as they transition, and it’s an important time, and I hope it will occur,” Issa said last week.