President Donald Trump isn’t your average politician, and that was precisely the point of electing him to the highest office in the land. We The People believed that his business experience and his showmanship would contribute to his ability to tear Washington apart from the inside, with the Beltway outsider out-shining and out-negotiating the government fat cast who’ve forgotten that they work for the American people.
And, now that it appears likely that Trump will be leaving the White House on January 20th, there is little doubt that his departure will be timed for maximum political impact.
President Trump is considering a made-for-TV grand finale: a White House departure on Marine One and final Air Force One flight to Florida for a political rally opposite Joe Biden’s inauguration, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.
Why it matters: The former network star is privately discussing using his waning powers as commander in chief to order up the exit he wants after dissing Biden by refusing to concede the election, welcome him to the White House or commit to attending his inauguration.
The big picture: 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, as NBC News first reported.
This would also allow Trump a grand stage from which to announce his possible 2024 campaign – a moment that would upend the Republican Party’s primary plans before anyone even had time to start thinking about them.