Vice President-elect Kamala Harris might be sworn in by way of Best Courtroom Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in step with an reputable with the President-elect Joe Biden’s transition staff — making Wednesday’s inauguration that a lot more historical.
Harris would be the first lady, the primary Black American and the primary South Asian American vice chairman. Sotomayor is the primary Latina Best Courtroom Justice.
Each ladies also are former prosecutors.
The scoop that Harris might be sworn inon Jan. 20 was once first reported by way of ABC Information.
Biden — who was once sworn in by way of Sotomayor for his 2nd time period as vice chairman — has selected the theme “The usa United” for the inauguration and can take part in numerous actions along former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Invoice Clinton.
“At a time of unheard of disaster and deep divisions, The usa United displays the start of a brand new nationwide adventure that restores the soul of The usa, brings the rustic in combination, and creates a trail to a brighter long run,” Biden’s inaugural committee mentioned in a remark this week.
Following the swearing-in rite, Biden and Harris in conjunction with their spouses will dangle a socially distanced Move in Assessment, an army ritual the place the newly sworn-in president opinions army readiness.
They’ll then lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington.
It was once introduced Thursday that Girl Gaga will carry out the nationwide anthem on the rite and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical efficiency at the West Entrance of the U.S. Capitol.
Different performances Wednesday will come with Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen and Ant Clemons. Actor Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV particular.
The inauguration is slated to happen precisely two weeks after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. 5 other folks died, together with a Capitol Police officer.
Federal government have made dozens of arrests hooked up to the assault.
Trump, who inspired the mob, is not going to attend the inauguration, however Vice President Mike Pence is anticipated to wait.
Making plans has persevered into this weekend for a possible send-off rite for Trump at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday stuffed with pomp and circumstance as Trump makes an attempt to go away administrative center taking a look like a statesman fairly than a defeated, twice-impeached, one-term president.
The discussions come with recreating the normal pageantry of a proper discuss with by way of a head of state, together with a colour guard, army band, a pink carpet or even a 21-gun salute, in step with an individual concerned within the making plans.
The plans are nonetheless tentative and may just exchange between now and Wednesday. What function the army will in the end play within the festivities stays unclear. However Trump has transparent to his aides he desires a celebratory send-off stuffed with fanfare. There have additionally been discussions about inviting Trump supporters to wait the rite.