(WASHINGTON) – Shortly after the Jan.6 insurgency, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell did something extraordinary: He decided to unsubscribe Donald Trump from President Joe Biden’s next inauguration because he feared that Trump can use the opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, according to a new book by ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Karl’s book, Betrayal: The Trump Show’s Final Act, details how after the attack on the Capitol, McConnell told his aides he wanted key congressional leaders to write a letter telling the sitting president he was not welcome to attend the inauguration .
Events ultimately prompted Trump to send out what would be his last tweet before being banned by the social media platform, according to Treason, will be released on November 16.
“McConnell felt he couldn’t give Trump another opportunity to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power,” Karl writes in the new book. “McConnell wanted a letter from the four top Congressional leaders informing Trump that he had been uninvited.”
But not everyone in the Republican leadership agreed with McConnell’s plan.
“Kevin McCarthy objected to the idea, arguing that it would be an important message of unity for Trump to attend the ceremony while Biden was sworn in,” according to the book. “But McConnell was determined to unsinvite Trump whether or not McCarthy signs the letter.”
McCarthy, Karl writes, would alert the White House to McConnell’s plan to unsent Trump. And before the letter could be drafted, “Trump sent out a tweet saying he would not be attending.”
“To all who have asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20,” Trump wrote on January 8.
“Trump apparently wanted people to think it was his decision to become the first incumbent president after an election not to attend a nomination since Andrew Johnson skipped the nomination for Ulysses S. Grant in 1869,” writes Karl.
After an initial suspension following the attack on Capitol Hill, Twitter briefly reinstated Trump’s account on Jan. 7, during which time Trump returned to complaining about the election, writing: “The 75,000,000 of great American patriots who voted for me will not be looked down upon or treated. unfairly in any way, shape or form !!! ”
But his tweet about not attending the inauguration would be his last.
Following this tweet, the social media company responded by issuing a “permanent suspension” of Trump’s account, determining that in the context of the attack on Capitol Hill, Trump’s tweets violated his policy of glorifying violence. .
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