President-elect Joe Biden said that he was glad President Donald Trump won’t attend his inauguration on January 20, calling him an “embarrassment” who is unfit to serve.
“It’s a good thing, him not showing up,” Biden told reporters. The remarks represented a reversal for Biden, who last month said that it was important for the country that Trump attend the inauguration.
“He has exceeded even my worst notions about him. He has been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. Not worthy, not worthy to hold that office,” Biden continued.
Earlier on Friday, President Trump announced that he would not attend the ceremony, a decision that was anticipated by Trump’s allies.
Biden’s remarks came two days after a group of protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol.
House Democrats are seriously considering impeaching Trump a second time in the wake of the events. Biden refused to take a position on whether Trump should be impeached on Friday, leaving the choice up to Congress and saying he was focused on his inauguration on Jan. 20.
“If we were six months out, we should be doing everything to get him out of office – impeaching him again, trying to invoke the 25th amendment, whatever it took to get him out of office,” Biden said. “But I am focused now on us taking control as president and vice president on the 20th and to get our agenda moving as quickly as we can.”
Biden said that he had long been saying that Trump was unfit to serve and called him “one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
Biden later said that Vice President Pence was “welcome” to come to the inauguration, describing it as an “honor” to have him there. He said the two have not spoken; Pence is expected to attend in some capacity.