Trump refuses to confirm if he will show up at Joe Biden's inauguration: 'I don't want to talk about that'
Trump also suggested that if Biden was sworn-in, Americans would have an 'illegitimate' president
President Donald Trump, on Sunday, December 13, refused to discuss whether he would attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in January and instead continued to insist that the Democrats "lost badly" in the 2020 presidential elections. Trump, in an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, was asked whether he would "show up at the inauguration," to which the president replied saying: "I don't want to talk about that."
The Republican leader then claimed that he did not lose the election to Biden. "I want to talk about this: we've done a great job," he said. "I got more votes than any president in the history of our country. In the history of our country, right? Not even close—75 million far more than Obama, far more than anybody. And they say we lost an election. We didn't lose. If I got 10 million fewer votes, they say I couldn't have lost."
Just days after Election Day, November 3, most news outlets called the election in Biden's favor with the Democrat leader having a significant Electoral vote lead over Trump. The president, however, has still refused to concede and has claimed that there was widespread "voter fraud" in the 2020 elections. However, Trump and his campaign have not provided any evidence to support their claims. Trump's legal team, which has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states over alleged election fraud, has been facing consistent defeat in courts.
The US Supreme Court, on December 11, also rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas, challenging Biden's win in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. The failed lawsuit, which was being claimed as "the big one" by the Trump Team, was the latest blow in a string of defeats for the Trump campaign. Shortly after the Supreme Court's decision, thousands of Trump supporters took to the streets in Washington D.C. in their latest "Stop the Steal" demonstration. The president's supporters have seemingly turned away from the Republican Party for not assisting Trump to remain in power, with some even calling for the boycott of the Georgia Senate runoff elections scheduled for next month.
During his Fox News interview, when Trump was asked what would happen if he does not concede by Biden's inauguration, January 20, the president claimed that then Americans would have an "illegitimate" president. Trump said: "I worry about the country having an illegitimate president. That's what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly. This wasn't like a close election. You look at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big."
Trump is reportedly also considering a dramatic departure from the White House that includes a final Air Force One flight to Florida where he will host an opposing rally during Biden's inauguration, according to a new Axios report. The outlet's Alayna Treene wrote: "The Trump talk could create a split-screen moment: the outgoing president addressing a roaring crowd in an airport hangar while the incoming leader is sworn in before a socially distanced audience outside the Capitol."
Trump's interview comes a day before the Electoral College is set to officially certify Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential elections.