January 20, 2021

Donald Trump has left Washington. Perhaps for good.

The 45th president of the United States is on his way to his next home in Florida, snubbing his nose at tradition by not bothering to stick around for the inauguration of Joe Biden.

In the eyes of many, Trump leaves in shame, and as a pariah. It was almost visible as he left Washington.

On Wednesday’s “Today” show, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd said, “If you think about what Trump did to himself, in some ways, humiliating himself the last couple months with this desperate attempt to prove the election he didn’t win. I am flabbergasted at how few people are at the White House right now, seeing him off, how nobody is interested. He really is leaving office kind of a pariah in his own party. It’s almost as if Washington can’t wait for him to leave.”

“Trump literally blew himself up, and now we’re watching him, and there’s no doubt in my mind, he can’t stand how all of this looks right now. He knows he is leaving a pariah, and nobody wants to be seen with him. And, that is not something that sits well with Donald Trump.”

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Tom Jones is Poynter’s senior media writer for He was previously part of the Tampa Bay Times family during three stints over some 30…
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