President Trump confirmed Friday that he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, making him the fourth outgoing president to skip the formal event.
The news was little surprise — even though an incumbent president hasn’t skipped their successor’s celebration since 1869.
Biden will be the 46th president. Outgoing presidents attended most inaugurations, beginning with George Washington in 1797.
Defeated single-term presidents including Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were among those who attended the hand-offs.
Eight presidents died in office, three skipped formal inaugurations and Richard Nixon departed the White House after he resigned and before successor Gerald Ford was sworn in during a White House East Room event that fell far short of usual pageantry.
Trump refused to accept Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win and claimed in unsuccessful lawsuits that he was cheated by voter fraud. On Wednesday, Trump told thousands of supporters in a speech near the White House that “we will never concede”