At least one U.S. senator has called to delay Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20 due to concerns about the coronavirus.
In a TV interview with a local news outlet, Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama suggested that Joe Biden’s inauguration should be delayed.
“We probably could have had the swearing-in and done an inauguration later after we got this virus behind us a little bit. Again, we’re talking about Washington, D.C.,” Tuberville told WIAT CBS 42 on January 13.
The left and the mainstream media immediately went ballistic, citing the Constitution that they clearly despise, saying that the 20th Amendment states that the term of the president expires at noon on January 20.
Tuberville hit back at them, saying that they clearly either didn’t understand him, or took his comments out of context.
“I know most of y’all don’t speak southern, so let me slow it down for you even more: obviously, the president is officially sworn in on the 20th. I suggested we could do the public ceremony later on due to concerns about security and COVID,” the senator tweeted on January 15.
I know most of y’all don’t speak southern, so let me slow it down for you even more: obviously, the president is officially sworn in on the 20th. I suggested we could do the public ceremony later on due to concerns about security and COVID.https://t.co/KZDtGAYfvT
— Senator Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) January 15, 2021
There is no constitutional requirement that the inauguration has to be a large outdoor event, which is traditional. Biden‘s committee has already announced that the ceremony will be scaled-back to a mostly virtual event hosted from the Capitol.
“It’s incorrect to interpret the Senator’s comments as calling for the postponement (of) the actual act of swearing-in President-elect Biden. The Senator spent the last two days visiting with Alabama medical care providers to receive updates on the ongoing pandemic. Understanding the widely recognized health and safety concerns regarding large gatherings, the Senator was suggesting the public gathering for inaugural ceremonies could be reconsidered. As the Senator has previously said, President-elect Biden will take over next week,” a spokesperson for Tuberville said in a prepared statement.
The left and the media were already furious at Senator Tuberville, as he was one of six senators who voted to overturn election results in Arizona after the Capitol riots had died down and Congress had resumed the joint session. Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and John Kennedy of Louisiana joined Tuberville in the vote. He also voted to overturn the results in Pennsylvania.