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The 59th inaugural ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 20 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, is expected to look noticeably different from years past due to soaring COVID-19 cases. Plus, while former presidents traditionally attend the ceremony, President Donald Trump tweeted – shortly before– that he will not be there to see President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris sworn in.
The suspension came after onelast week. Concerns about more potential violence are growing. Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, DC, has now asked the US Department of the Interior to “cancel all permits for public gatherings in the District of Columbia and deny all applications for a public gathering from January 11 to January 24. . “
Here’s what we know about the inauguration so far.
When is the inauguration?
The inauguration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, on the west side of the Capitol. The tenure of each elected U.S. president begins that day at noon ET, according to the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution. The president-elect must take the oath of office before assuming duties. After the presidential inauguration, Biden delivers his inaugural address.
What time will it be and how can I watch?
No exact air time has yet been announced, although the opening notes historically occur around 11:30 a.m.ET / 8:30 a.m. PT. The inauguration is likely to be streamed by all major news outlets and also shared on platforms such as Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube. It will be impossible to miss, but we will update this information when we know more.
Biden’s inaugural committee said on Jan. 4 that there will be a virtual parade on television with performances by people from all over the country. “The parade will celebrate America’s heroes and reflect on the diversity, heritage and resilience of our country,” the committee said in a tweet.
After the storming of the Capitol, the mayor of DC encourages the Americans to participate virtually. She also said she sent a letter to Trump asking to declare a pre-emergency disaster for DC.
“This is necessary because the inauguration poses several unprecedented challenges beyond the scope of our traditional planning processes: the COVID-19 pandemic and of course the domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol,” said Bowser.
How do I get tickets?
Traditionally, members of the public apply for free tickets through the office of their US Senator or Representative, but not this year. Due to concerns about COVID-19, Americans cannot get tickets, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) announced in mid-December.
“ The JCCIC, in consultation with diversified public health and medical experts and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, determined that this global pandemic and the increase in COVID-19 cases warranted a difficult decision to limit participation in the 59th inaugural ceremony to a live audience that resembles a State of the Union, ”said JCCIC chairman Roy Blunt. “We are also working on better opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to traditional national television coverage.”
This time, the invitations for members of Congress are limited to them and one guest. Commemorative card bundles and program packages will be made available to voters’ convention offices after the ceremonies.
Will President Trump Be There?
Trump tweeted Jan. 8 that he would not be attending. “To all who have asked, I am not going to the inauguration on January 20th,” he wrote. Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be in attendance.
Former presidents – including the non-sitting president and presidents from previous terms – traditionally attend the inauguration of the president-elect, but there are exceptions. According to the White House Historical Association, John Adams was not present at Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration and John Quincy Adams was not present at successor Andrew Jackson’s inauguration.
Trump’s tweet came hours earlierafter a week of unprecedented chaos in Washington, DC. On Wednesday a as the weeks in which Trump claimed the 2020 election was stolen culminated in an uprising. Facebook of its platforms, saying its posts pose an unacceptable risk in the wake of the gripping attack. Twitter first before permanently suspending his account, saying the action was “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Calls to impeach Trump.
Have the speakers been announced?
Not yet. Inaugurations usually include performances by A-list musicians and performers. For example, at Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Aretha Franklin attended, while his second were Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson. Trump’s inauguration featured America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho. Politicians and religious leaders – including archbishops, pastors, and rabbis – usually also give speeches.
What is the theme of the inauguration?
On Monday, Biden’s inaugural committee tweeted that the theme is America United, adding, “ At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the beginning of a new journey to restore America’s soul, bring the country together. and a path to a better future. “
What will Biden do first?
The president-elect says one of his top priorities is to tackle COVID-19. Biden and Harris have already announced the formation of a COVID-19 advisory board to shape the upcoming government’s response to the pandemic. The board will be made up of 13 public health experts and will be headed by co-chairmen Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former US surgeon general; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a researcher at Yale University.
Biden has also unveiled a plan aimed at ensuring that the US achieves a 100% clean energy and net zero emissions economy by 2050. During the presidential debates,, from which the US withdrew under Trump. He repeated that promise in his climate plan.