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Majority believe Trump bears at least partial responsibility for MAGA riot

A majority of Americans say President Donald Trump bears at least partial responsibility for last week’s attack on Capitol Hill and that they don’t want him to run for office again.

The new poll from Washington Post/ABC News shows a crisis for Trump’s legacy in his final days in office with a large number of Americans disapproving of his actions as he prepares to exit the White House.

Seven in 10 say Trump is partially responsible for the MAGA riot in the Capitol that left five dead and a trail of destruction throughout the building. Democrats impeached Trump a second time this week – this time on the charge he violated his oath of office by inciting the mob. 

And 56 per cent want Congress to prevent Trump from running for office again. If Trump is found guilty by the Senate, he would not be allowed to seek another term in federal office. 

New poll numbers show a crisis for President Trump in his final days of presidency

Americans are strongly united in one area - their belief that the last Wednesday's attack on the Capitol was wrong; nine in 10 oppose it

Americans are strongly united in one area – their belief that the last Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was wrong; nine in 10 oppose it

Americans are strongly united in one area – their belief that the last Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was wrong.

Nine in 10 Americans oppose the attack, the poll found, while a mere eight per cent supported it. 

Meanwhile, 54 per cent say Trump should be criminally charged for his role in inciting the riot. Trump, at a rally the morning of the insurgency, urged his supporters to march on the Capitol. 

And 66 per cent said he has behaved irresponsibly in his statements since the election. He has falsely claimed he won and the presidency was stolen from him.

Additionally, respondents gave Trump only a 38 per cent job approval rating with 60 per cent disapproving of his job performance. 

Trump leaves office on Wednesday facing a second impeachment trail – a historic first. 

The Senate will consider the impeachment charge against the president when senators return to Washington D.C. on January 19th. The trial is expected to consume the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency.

To impeach Trump, a two-thirds majority is needed to convict him, meaning at least 17 Republicans would have to find him guilty. 

Trump, meanwhile, will hold an unprecedented farewell event at Joint Base Andrews the morning of Biden’s inauguration and then leave town before his successor takes the oath of office. 

Trump’s farewell will take place at the base outside Washington where Air Force One is headquartered. No recent president has had his own sendoff ceremony at JBA.

Officials are considering an elaborate event that would have the feel of a state visit, with a red carpet, color guard, military band and 21-gun salute all being discussed, the Associated Press reported. 

He then plans to fly to his Mar-a-Lago residence before Biden takes the oath of office at noon, which is when Biden will become the nation’s 46th president.

The timing makes it unlikely Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host Joe and Jill Biden for coffee – a tradition by the outgoing first couple for their replacements on the morning of inauguration.

The Bidens will be staying across the street from the White House at Blair House, the official guest residence. 

Some White House advisers have urged Trump to host Biden for a White House meeting ahead of Inauguration Day, but there has been no sign Trump is willing to do that, an administration official told Reuters.

But he is planning to issue more pardons before leaving and is considering the unprecedented option of pardoning himself.

President Donald Trump will hold an unprecedented farewell event at Joint Base Andrews the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration

President Donald Trump will hold an unprecedented farewell event at Joint Base Andrews the morning of Joe Biden’s inauguration

Leaving while he is still president will also allow Trump to use the call sign ‘Air Force One’ for his flight to Palm Beach, Florida.

If Trump left Washington after Biden takes the oath, he would have to ask Biden to let him use the custom-built plane with its distinctive blue and white paint.  All outgoing presidents have to make such a request, which is usually granted.

However, it would not have the call sign Air Force One as that can only be used when the current president is on board.

Traditionally, an outgoing president attends his successor’s swearing-in, then departs the ground of the U.S. Capitol in a military helicopter to fly to JBA where he takes a government plane to his final destination. 

For example, when Barack Obama departed D.C. after he left office, the plane used the call sign ‘Special Mission 44’ – the number referring to Obama’s presidency. If the same pattern is followed, Trump’s flight would be ‘Special Mission 45.’ 

But if Trump departs ahead of Biden’s swearing-in, the plane would go by Air Force One. 

Trump announced last week he would not attend his successor’s inauguration on January 20th, to which Biden replied: ‘One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. It’s a good thing him not showing up.’

Vice President Mike Pence will attend the event. 


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