Trump wanted a big crowd for his farewell event, but his own vice president and top Republicans in Congress are blowing him off.
Via the CBS Evening News:
Pres. Trump is hoping for a large military-style send-off at Joint Base Andrews
Wednesday, but it will include some notable absences: VP Pence, top Republican congressional leaders and several of his closest political allies chose not to attend@PaulaReidCBS reports pic.twitter.com/zSXCy4PeJx
— Norah O’Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 19, 2021
Pence took the unusual step of releasing his public schedule early ahead of Trump to ensure that everyone knew that he would be attending the inauguration, not Donald Trump’s farewell event.
Donald Trump still thinks that he can draw a big crowd and soothe his ego with a big crowd of supporters to see him off back to Florida, but it turns out that Trump is radioactive now, and top Republicans want nothing to do with him.
Trump is so diminished that a primetime farewell address to the country was not even an option. He is the first president to have his farewell banished to YouTube.
Donald Trump began his presidency in front of a mostly empty national mall,, and he will end it at what seems like it will be a most empty Andrews Air Force Base as America is sending the message that it is time for Trump to get out.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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