Rick Scott urges Trump to reconsider skipping Biden's inauguration

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) urged President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE on Friday to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE after the president said he planned to skip the Jan. 20 event.

“I am urging the President to reconsider his decision to skip the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE,” Scott said in a statement. “He is, of course, not constitutionally required to attend and I can imagine losing an election is very hard, but I believe he should attend.”

“I plan to attend and believe it is an important tradition that demonstrates the peaceful transfer of power to our people and to the world.”


Trump announced earlier on Friday that he would not be at Biden’s swearing-in ceremony later this month, breaking from the tradition of outgoing presidents attending their successors’ inaugurations. 

Vice President Pence is expected to attend Biden’s inauguration.

Trump’s decision to stay away from the ceremony on Jan. 20 comes as he faces one of the deepest crises of his presidency. A mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as Congress met to certify last month’s Electoral College vote, disrupting the process and forcing lawmakers, congressional staffers and others to evacuate the building.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died amid the chaos on Wednesday.

Those riots were the culmination of a months-long refusal by Trump and his most ardent supporters to accept the results of the November election. Shortly before the mayhem began on Wednesday, Trump urged supporters in a speech to “walk down to the Capitol” as Congress prepared to certify Biden’s Electoral College win.


Even as law enforcement worked to clear the Capitol of rioters, Trump appeared at times to condone the violence, saying in a since-deleted tweet that “these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots.”

In the days since the violence at the Capitol, Trump has conceded that Biden will be sworn in as president on Jan. 20 and that there will be an orderly transfer of power to a new administration.

Still, he’s facing mounting pressure in his final days in the White House. Democrats have called for him to resign and have threatened impeachment if he does not do so. Meanwhile, some Republicans have expressed openness to Trump’s removal from office, while others have sought to distance themselves from the president.