Joe Biden warned Trump has ‘considerable influence’ and will cast shadow over Presidency

Joe Biden boards plane to Washington ahead of inauguration

Mr Biden will be sworn today as the 46th President of the United States amid tight security in the wake of the scenes of insurrection on January 6 as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. The defeated billionaire is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate for inciting them to do so in a speech earlier that day but Brian Church told it was unlikely he would fade into the background no matter what happens.

Trump still has the capacity to exert considerable influence on the 2024 Republican candidate

Brian Church

Former ESPN columnist Mr Church, whose book, Tuesday’s Child: How America Chooses Its Presidents, was published by Amberley in November, said: “The scenes on January 6 were shocking and caused the loss of lives.

“Trump still has the capacity to exert considerable influence on the 2024 Republican candidate.”

However, he added: “If he goes for the ’24 nomination himself, which will still be in his mind as a possibility, history is against him.

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“Though much will depend on the success or failure of the Biden presidency.

Only one former president, Grover Cleveland, has successfully come back to the White House.

“He won the 1884 election for the Democrats, lost in 1888 and won again in 1892.

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“Cleveland won the popular vote in all three elections.

“Trump lost the popular vote both times.

In the meantime Mr Trump, with his steadfast refusal to concede defeat and peddling of baseless voter fraud claims, was a problem Mr Biden could do without at a time when the COVID-19 death toll in the US has just surpassed 400,000, Mr Church said.

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Mr Trump is skipping today’s inauguration ceremony – something no outgoing President has done by choice since the 19th century.

Mr Church said: “It’s pretty unusual with the last deliberate refusal being in 1869.

“In 1801, John Adams left Washington around 4am and wasn’t present for Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration.

He explained: ”Biden doesn’t want his first 100 days to be dominated by Trump, neither can he make them ‘Donald Duck Days’ and just try to avoid the issue altogether.

“Not since Gerald Ford in 1974, following Richard Nixon’s resignation as president (still the only time ever), has a former president been such a big headache for the new president.”

“Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, likewise didn’t attend the inauguration of Trump’s hero, Andrew Jackson, in 1829.

“Andrew Johnson wasn’t there for Civil War hero Ulysses Grant’s inauguration in 1869 – again, this followed a very controversial time in office.

“Johnson, who didn’t run in the 1868 election, had been impeached by the House of Representatives though he narrowly avoided conviction by the Senate.”

Two-term president Woodrow Wilson did not attend the actual ceremony in 1921 – although this was because of ill-health.

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