Donald Trump won’t be watching his election rival be sworn in (Picture: Getty)
Since losing the election in November, the US leader has repeated baseless claims that his victory was stolen due to widespread voter fraud.
Traditionally the outgoing and incoming presidents oversee the ceremony together, but it is not clear what Trump will be doing instead on January 20.
He was rumoured to be planning a golfing trip to Scotland, which the White House denied, and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said he wouldn’t be welcome due to Covid travel rules.
Trump was accused of inciting the rioting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday which left five people dead, and his Twitter account was locked for 12 hours to prevent him fanning the flames with inflammatory or misleading rhetoric.
Hours before he spoke at a ‘Save America’ rally in Washington DC in which he told followers: ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.’
His personal attorney Rudy Giuliani also spoke at the rally, calling for a ‘trial by combat’ to settle the dispute.
As the chaos unfolded he shared a video message saying he was committed to an ‘orderly transition’ of power after Congress concluded the electoral vote count certifying Biden’s victory. However he still said he ‘totally disagreed’ with the result and that the facts ‘bear him out’.
It was only after his 12 hour Twitter suspension was lifted that he shared a video late on Thursday in which he finally accepted the election result and said he was ‘outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem’ he was accused of inspiring.
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