The weeks since the election have been a sickening roller coaster for our democracy.
Despite losing by a landslide in both the popular vote and in the electoral college, Trump and his minions sought to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the election. This destructive crusade has been replete with tragicomic elements (beginning with a press conference by Rudy Giuliani at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping) and profoundly disturbing moments, including a campaign to by Trump to pressure officials in Michigan not to certify the state’s election results, and a mob-boss-like call to election officials in Georgia demanding they “find” the votes to overturn the election there.
Facing official certification of his loss on January 6th, Trump finally incited a mob to storm the Capitol. The riot led to the five deaths but did not stop Congress and Mike Pence from completing their constitutionally mandated counting duties. A week later, Congress impeached Trump, for a record second time, for “incitement of insurrection.” Trump was also stripped of his most powerful tool: His Twitter account.
Despite ongoing chatter with the rightwing CEO of a pillow company about declaring “martial law,” Trump is now on track to leave office this week.
When Is the Inauguration?
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building and officially assume their offices at about noon on January 20th, 2021.
Taking place amid a deadly pandemic and fears of ongoing insurrectionist violence, the ceremony will not feature the typical masses crowding the National Mall. There will be far more National Guard troops securing the transfer of power (some 20,000) than ticketed audience members (about 1,000).
Who Will Do the Swearing In?
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in Biden. The historic inauguration of the nation’s first female and first Black vice president will be performed by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, using a bible that belonged to former justice Thurgood Marshall.
How Can I Watch?
The ceremony will be broadcast on all major broadcast and cable news channels. You can also stream the ceremony at the official inaugural site, here.