Donald Trump walked out of the White House with his wife, Melania and boarded Marine One for the last time as president on Wednesday, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided.
He waves at the press and gives a thumbs up to some White House reporters. He will be heading to Maryland where he will board Airforce One that will convey him to his residence in Florida.
Four years after standing on stage at his own inauguration and painting a dire picture of “American carnage,” Trump departs the office twice impeached, with millions more out of work and 400,000 dead from the coronavirus. Republicans under his watch lost the presidency and both chambers of Congress. He will be forever remembered for the final major act of his presidency: inciting an insurrection at the Capitol that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and horrified the nation.
Trump will be the first president in modern history to boycott his successor’s inauguration as he continues to stew about his loss and privately maintains the election that President-elect Joe Biden fairly won was stolen from him.
Republican officials in several critical states, members of his own administration and a wide swath of judges, including those appointed by Trump, have rejected those arguments.