Is the Inauguration Canceled?

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Elizabeth Logan
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Is the inauguration canceled? It's a question people are asking after an angry mob of rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6 and some became concerned that there would be another attack when Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20. Given the potential for violence and the inherent risks of gathering at all during the pandemic, some wondered if it would be better to hold the event in a less public space with a smaller group—or even virtually. In the words of Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr., “Might need to gone head and move that Inaguration [sic] to Zoom. Send Biden & Kamala a DocuSign.”

Despite the conversation, the inauguration is not canceled. In fact, it'll be filled with performances from some of the biggest stars in the country, like Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks, and Lady Gaga, who will sing the national anthem. We repeat: the inauguration is on. There will be a swearing-in, there will be a transfer of power, and the Trumps will move out of the White House. (The White House will also be deep cleaned before the Bidens move in for…reasons.) 

Because of the riot, the National Guard is thoroughly investigating its own members for ties to far-right groups and has already removed a dozen guards to make sure there will be no disruption or potential violence during the event. The public won't be able to access Capitol grounds, and tours of the Washington Monument have been suspended all week.

You might remember that inauguration crowd size was one of President Trump's very first lies after taking office. Because of the pandemic, getting a crowd won't even be an option for almost-President Biden. “In the past, members of Congress have received about 200,000 tickets to distribute to their constituents for the swearing in,” reports USA Today, “This year, they will be limited to tickets for themselves and one guest.” As a reminder, members of Congress have already received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and Biden has received both. 

So…just to clarify: Is the inauguration canceled? No. Just very protected. 

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