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Biden inauguration to be 80% virtual, inaugural committee chairman says

Biden inauguration to be 80% virtual, inaugural committee chairman says

by Mike Brest | Washington Examiner  |  Published on December 8, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be mostly virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who is one of five co-chairs for the inauguration, said on Tuesday that the Jan. 20 event will be 80% virtual.

“Look, we know what we’re in, and Joe Biden admitted very clear that he is going to lead by precept and example,” Clyburn said on Morning Joe. “And so we will be setting an example with this inauguration. It is going to be what we might call a hybrid. He’ll take the oath in the traditional way, but all of the inaugural festivities are going to be 80% — what you call virtual.”

He revealed that the co-chairs have not figured out exactly how Biden will be sworn in, but said he thinks the former vice president will take the oath at the Capitol Building, like his predecessors.

“We have not figured out exactly how it is going to happen,” Clyburn said. “So, I would suppose that he will take the oath in the traditional fashion. We can do that while socially distancing, but the other stuff, the luncheon afterward probably won’t take place, as well as the festivities of the evening will probably be disbursed out among the 50 states.”

Clyburn said that he doesn’t believe President Trump is obligated to go to Biden’s inauguration but added that he believes the president should attend the event.

The White House has recently denied reports that Trump is planning to hold his own rally potentially to announce his 2024 White House bid instead of attending Biden’s inauguration.

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