WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used one of his last days in the White House on Monday to fight the culture war, while President-Elect Joe Biden observed Martin Luther King Jr.
With less than 48 hours to go before Wednesday's inauguration, Trump laid low in the heavily fortified capital while the White House provided no details about how the president was spending his final hours in office.
Later, his White House issued a a 45-page document dubbed the “The 1776 Report,” which claimed that “identity politics makes it less likely that racial reconciliation and healing can be attained by pursuing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.”.
The White House also issued an executive order from Trump on Monday playing a similar chord, offering details for his proposed “National Garden of American Heroes," an idea he first promoted last summer during the height of the Black Lives Matters protests and the removal of monuments honoring Confederate soldiers and other controversial historical figures.
In his executive order, Trump said the garden would honor a seeming grab bag of 244 Americans, from Samuel Adams to Kobe Bryant, including some non-Americans, like the British director Alfred Hitchcock.
Gallup, which has been polling the job approval of presidents since 1938, released its final survey of the Trump presidency Monday
But first lady Melania Trump, standing at a blue lectern emblazoned with the presidential seal, delivered the kind of farewell address Monday that would be unremarkable in any other era, but was notable now because her husband has so far refused to make a similar gesture
"Be passionate in everything you do,” Melania Trump said in a video of her remarks, weeks after the Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters, “but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.”