Donald Trump Will Not Attend Biden Inauguration

Trump walks past reporters with no comment
Trump walks past reporters with no comment
Donald Trump (image via public domain/White House)

Via Twitter this morning we get the news that Donald Trump will NOT attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Trump is the first president to ghost his successor in 152 years.

The announcement represents just one more Trumpian break with the traditions of U.S. democracy which has always embraced a peaceful transfer of power.

Donald Trump announces he won't attend the inauguration of Joe Biden

The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise in that he took 61 days to barely concede he lost the election.

Vice President Mike Pence has indicated he will attend the swearing-in ceremony but an administration official told the New York Times he hasn’t received an official invitation yet.

The Times also notes that only 3 presidents have declined to attend their successor’s inauguration: “John Adams in 1801, his son John Quincy Adams in 1829 and Andrew Johnson, a Democrat who sat out the 1869 inauguration after he was replaced in favor of fellow Republican Ulysses S. Grant.”

Wisconsin & Pennsylvania To Team Trump: ‘No’ And ‘No’

Donald Trump speaking to Axios (screen capture)

First, the Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out Donald Trump’s election lawsuit today. The response comes just two days after the Donald asked the high court to toss the certification of a contest he lost by nearly 21,000 votes.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “In the 4-3 decision, the justices said they would not accept the case he filed directly with them. The president can try to pursue the matter in a lower court, but Thursday’s ruling is a setback that shows he is near the end of the road with his legal challenges in Wisconsin.”

And then, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Congressman Mike Kelly’s request to declare universal mail-in voting unconstitutional in the state.

Kelly and other GOP plaintiffs were asking the high court to either invalidate 2.5 million mail-in votes or to completely erase the 2020 results in the Keystone State and order the GOP-controlled legislature to pick the presidential electors who will vote in the Electoral College.

Kelly and company got a one sentence response.

#SoMuchWinning

News Round-Up: November 6, 2020

Juan Melecio (image via Twitter)

Some news items you might have missed:

Edge Media: Juan Melecio (above), better known as gay porn star Antonio Biaggi, finished 5th in a field of 6 candidates for two city commissioner seats in gay-centric Wilton Manors, Florida.

The Advocate: The GOP failed in its attempt to derail the campaign of Democrat Roger Montoya by shaming him over a gay porn past nearly 40 years ago. Montoya triumphed in his New Mexico race for House District 40, besting Republican opponent Justin Salazar-Torrez 56.8 percent to 43.2 percent.

Victory Fund: Todd Gloria has won his race to become the next Mayor of San Diego, California. He is the first openly LGBTQ person and first person of color to be elected to the office.

New Music: Australian superstar Kylie Minogue drops some super-cute disco beats with her latest single, “Where Does The DJ Go?” The pop diva will also be streaming a live 50-minute performance – Kylie: Infinite Disco – around the globe on Saturday, November 7.

NBC News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper has prepared a letter of resignation, according to three current defense officials. Defense officials say Esper prepared his letter because he is one of the Cabinet officials long expected to be pushed out after the election.

Vox: Georgia now has two Senate runoffs, both to be decided on January 5, 2021, as Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock failed to cross the majority threshold in Georgia’s special election Senate race.  Sen. David Perdue (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) are headed to a runoff as well as neither were able to clear the state’s 50 percent threshold.

Washington Examiner: Amid reports Donald Trump might not concede the election, a spokesman for Joe Biden’s campaign, Andrew Bates responded: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

Alabama: Sore Loser Roy Moore Tries To Stop Certification Of His Lost Election

Roy Moore

Failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore still refuses to concede he lost the U.S. Senate election in Alabama to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Democrat Doug Jones.

In what looks to be a lame ‘hail Mary’ attempt to stop Doug Jones from being seated, Moore has filed a complaint with the Alabama State Canvassing Board intended to stop the certification of Jones’ victory.

From NBC News:

The Moore campaign filed a complaint late Wednesday night in state circuit court in Montgomery, the state capital, seeking a temporary restraining order to postpone the certification, alleging “potential election fraud that improperly altered the outcome of this election.”

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released by the campaign.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening that he has no intention of delaying the canvassing board meeting.

“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January,” Merrill said.

Moore’s statement gives few details of the purported irregularities, which it says were substantiated “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty” by three election experts.

State officials say they have seen no evidence of voter fraud in the Alabama Senate race.

One of Moore’s “election experts” also says he has “mathematically proven” a vast conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. So, there you go…

Moore also included the results of a polygraph he claims “proves” none of the allegations of sexual misconduct are true.

#WhatEverHappenedToClass?

CNN spoke to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill this morning who says Moore’s last-minute shenanigans won’t stop his office from certifying the results of the election.

Watch below.

Alabama: Roy Moore Still Has Not Conceded Senate Race

Roy Moore

Failed Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore still has not conceded the race for U.S. Senate despite a huge 20,000 vote deficit.

Moore is hanging his hopes on overseas military ballots and additional provisional votes cast the day of the election.

But according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, only 366 military ballots were returned and 4,967 provisional ballots were counted, nowhere near the thousands of votes he needs.

The anti-LGBT former judge has begged followers for $75,000 to establish an “Election Integrity Program” to prove there were over 20,000 cases of voter fraud in the election.

#SoreLoser

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Gov. McCrory, Trailing By 9,000+ Votes, Refuses To Concede

Gov. Pat McCrory (L) and Attorney General Roy Cooper (R)

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who infamously signed the anti-LGBT legislation known as HB 2 into law, refuses to concede to his Democratic opponent, current state Attorney General Roy Cooper even though Cooper leads by over 9,000 votes.

From The Advocate:

McCrory, infamous for signing the state’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 into law, said Saturday that he would withdraw his demand for a statewide recount in exchange for a hand recount of votes in Durham County, which is heavily Democratic, The Charlotte Observer reports. The State Board of Elections met Sunday but took no action on that request, with members saying they had not received it in writing.

Cooper, whose lead has grown since Election Night, released a video Sunday declaring victory in the election, and Monday his attorney, Marc Elias, made that same point in a teleconference with reporters, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. “The math is simply clear. … Governor-elect Roy Cooper has won this race,” Elias said.

Cooper, currently the state’s attorney general, was a major opponent of HB 2, passed in March. He refused to defend it in court and called it a “national embarrassment.”

The law, among other things, prevents municipalities from enacting or enforcing LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinances, and it bars transgender people, when in government buildings, from using restrooms, locker rooms, and other single-sex facilities that match their gender identity.

HB 2 has cost the state millions is lost business as dozens of conventions, concerts and other events have cancelled over the hateful legislation.

Nevada: Trump Campaign Sues Clark County Registrar Over Early Voting

It looks like the Trumpster is already playing the role of sore loser.

The Donald Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Nevada against the Clark County Registrar claiming polls at a Clark County voting location were kept open “2 hours beyond closing time” on the final day of early voting.

The fact is, people were in line before closing, and Nevada state law allows registered voters to cast their ballot if they are in line before closing time.

From CNN:

Dan Kulin, a spokesperson for the county, told CNN that no early voting stations extended their closing times. They did, however, process voters who were in line at closing time to allow as many people to vote as possible. Trump lawyers are asking for an order to have the pertinent early vote ballots not to be “co-mingled or interspersed” with other ballots.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the Trump campiagn had no evidence that there was any wrongdoing at the polling location.