Mitch McConnell tried to disinvite Trump from Biden’s inauguration because he ‘didn’t want him disrupting the transfer of power’ after January 6, book claims
Sen. Mitch McConnell asked aides to draft a letter disinviting President Donald Trump from Joe Biden’s inauguration shortly after the Capitol riot – before Trump got the jump on the situation and announced he wasn’t going, according to a new book.
McConnell, who was then Senate majority leader, was furious at the leader of his party after the riot, and would later accuse Trump of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ after the failed effort to impeach him in the aftermath.
His wife, Transportation Secretary Elain Chao, resigned in the final days of the administration.
‘McConnell felt he could not give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power,’ writes Jonathan Karl in his new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.
Sen. Mitch McConnell asked aides to draft a letter disinviting former President Donald Trump from attending Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a new book
‘McConnell wanted to get a letter together from the top four congressional leaders informing Trump that he had been disinvited,’ according to the book, ABC News reported Monday.
Getting all the leaders proved a challenge.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy ‘opposed the idea,’ Karly writes (McCarthy would later visit Trump at Mar-a-Lago).
McCarthy argued ‘it would be an important message of unity to have Trump attend the ceremony as Biden took the oath of office. But McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator, was determined to disinvite Trump regardless of whether McCarthy would sign the letter,’ according to Karl.
According to Karl, it is McCarthy who gave Trump a head’s up on the move – allowing the president to announce he wouldn’t be going – breaking years’ worth of precedent.
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. His predecessor did not attend, in a breach with precedent
McConnell made the decision after a mob of Trump supporters ransacked the Capitol where he has worked for decades (including with Biden when he was a senator)
Author Jon Karl Says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California alerted Trump to the move. He wanted Trump there as a message of ‘unity’
Before McConnell’s aides could draft the letter, Trump tweeted that he wouldn’t be going.
‘To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20,’ Trump wrote in a Jan. 8 missive, before he was premanently banned from the platform in the wake of the riot.
According to Karl, who interviewed Trump as part of his research for the book, ‘Trump apparently wanted people to think it was his decision alone to become the first outgoing president after an election to fail to attend an inauguration since Andrew Johnson skipped the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant in 1869.’