by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Donald Trump announced he will not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, becoming the fourth American president to choose not to witness his successor taking office. Joe Biden calls it “a good thing” and said the president was “an embarrassment,” which is pretty rich coming from The Big Guy. It’s also rich when you look back at the reaction by Democrats to President Trump four short years ago. Like four years ago, before he even took the oath, Democrats are still trying to “impeach 45!” And many boycotted his inauguration.
So many Democrats boycotted his inauguration, in fact, that such a large group would be outlawed by the COVID police today.
Four years ago, Joe Biden didn’t call those ditching the inauguration “an embarrassment.” Hardly. The Democrats boycotting were feted in the media for standing up for their belief that Trump was not really the legitimate president. Maxine Waters was made Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year for promising that “by the time I’m done with him he’ll wish he had been impeached.”
A nationwide effort to “boycott Trump” began. We saw that hashtag, along with #Resist, which Hillary Clinton also used.
Media were encouraged to resist Trump by never giving him the benefit of the doubt.
They did exactly that.
My, how standards have changed.
On inauguration day four years ago, 63 House Democrats boycotted President Donald John Trump’s swearing-in and they let the whole world know. …
… Fully one-third of the House Democrats ditched Trump’s inaugural.
Only three other former presidents have not attended their successor’s swearing-in: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829, and Andrew Johnson in 1869. President Nixon also missed Gerald Ford’s swearing-in but, ahem, under different circumstances.
Double standards for me but not for thee.