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The Bidens were reportedly left waiting outside the White House on Inauguration Day because Trump sent the staff home
  • Biden reportedly wasn't greeted by White House staff on Inauguration Day because Trump sent them home.
  • Trump reportedly sent the butlers home so "there would be no-one to help the Bidens when they arrived."
  • Chief usher Timothy Harleth left his role before the Bidens arrived at the White House.
Joe and Jill Biden may have been waiting to enter the White House for longer than necessary on Inauguration Day because there was a lack of staff there to greet them.

In a break from White House protocol, the new President and First Lady were left standing in front of closed doors as they took photos outside of their new residence for the first time on Wednesday.

The Trumps "sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no-one to help the Bidens when they arrived," a well-placed official not associated with the Biden administration told The National Journal.

Chief usher Timothy Harleth was also fired by the Trumps before they left on Wednesday morning, the publication reports. White House press secretary Jen Psak later confirmed that Harleth's exit occurred "before we walked in the door."

A video of the Bidens' arrival shows them standing in front of the White House doors for a photo-op, which lasted more than one minute before they walked toward the residence.

The doors then opened for the couple, although it is not clear from the video whether they were opened from the inside or outside.

A veteran White House social expert told The National Journal that it is a "big protocol breach for the president to ever stand in front of a closed-door at the White House."

"That may be why there was nobody to open the doors to the Bidens. You couldn't expect the Biden staff to know to do that. Doors are opened and closed by ushers. There are rules about all these things and everyone has their job," they added.

... "But what should have happened is that a Biden staff member should have alerted the usher or staff person on the other side of that door that it was time to open it. That was a staff mistake," they said.
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Trump's business recovering may depend on him apologizing to Americans
  • Donald Trump has left the White House with a tarnished reputation and a struggling hospitality empire.
  • The pandemic has ravaged his hotels and golf courses, wiping out a third of his income, and customers are cutting ties.
  • Is his brand too toxic to recover? His former personal attorney Michael Cohen says so, while industry experts say an apology is needed.
"The reality is that Trump as a luxury hospitality brand in the US is severely damaged if not completely over," Chris Allieri, founder and principal of public relations firm Mulberry & Astor, told Insider. "You have 80 million people who would never pay for a Trump hotel or product that would support him and his kids."

Trump's role in inciting the US Capitol attack was the final straw for many of his clients and customers. A slew of prominent businesses, including real-estate giant Cushman & Wakefield and Deutsche Bank, have broken with the Trump Organization. The Girl Scouts are currently trying to get out of their lease at 40 Wall Street, which is controlled by his real-estate firm. Residents of a Trump-branded building in Manhattan wants to take his name off its exterior, per Bloomberg.

Trump, who no longer has his Twitter soapbox, has not acknowledged his role in the attempted coup. His son Eric hung up on an Associated Press reporter when asked if his father was responsible for the riot. In the two weeks since, the Trump Organization has not resorted to a staple of public relations: the corporate apology.

Can his businesses recover? Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, told Insider that the brand is too toxic to bounce back.

"Years ago, Trump received a brand value appraisal ranging between $3 billion and $4 billion," Cohen told Insider via text. "Today, I believe that the brand value is worthless as anything that bears the Trump moniker is toxic to more than half the country."

... "People tend to have a shorter memory for pretty much everything, but given the furious images we've seen, the videos taken inside, it's going to take longer than a couple of years for people to truly forget," Graf says. "This goes mostly for businesses. Why take the risk to do business with Trump? I think most businesses are trying to cut any ties with Trump and that includes businesses that used to use his venues for meetings and conferences or send their business travelers to his hotels."

Another problem: the 74 million people who voted for Trump may still be loyal to him, but they aren't the target demographic for his luxury hotels and golf courses.

"He can sell mugs, hats, T-shirts, but are the millions of people who voted for him the customer base for the kind of hotels you're putting his name on?" asks Alan Reay, president of Atlas Hospitality Group. "These people are spending $600, $700, $800 a night. It's hard enough in the hotel business to get high occupancy in a luxury hotel."

Even wealthy individuals who support Trump will likely be reluctant to patronize his businesses.

"In luxury, it's about the perception of quality and showcasing and sharing it," Chris Allieri, founder and principal of public relations firm Mulberry & Astor, told Insider. "No one is going to pay for a luxury hotel or luxury product if they can't share it or can't talk about it."

... It's not impossible for "Teflon Don" to make a comeback, but it would be a hard mountain to climb.

"Trump is 74 years old," Reay adds. "He built that name and reputation over the last 50 years. I don't know how you rebuild it in four to five years."

Healing his businesses might require something that Trump has yet to do: apologize for his role in the attempted coup at the Capitol.

"The first thing required in crisis communications is an admission of public responsibility," Allieri said. "There is no identification by Trump that he did anything wrong. You can't rebuild trust or rebuild a brand if you don't think you did anything wrong, and he doesn't think he did."
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5 people died in the Capitol insurrection. Experts say it could have been so much worse.
  • Five people died in the Capitol insurrection on January 6, including a Capitol Police officer.
  • But experts told Insider that the insurrection could have been much deadlier.
  • Experts said that swift thinking to bring Congress members and staff to safety likely saved lives.
"If insurrectionists had been able to get their hands on a member of Congress, particularly a member of Congress that has been vilified by right-wing media… I think you could most definitely have had bloodshed because people were so riled up and fueled with conspiracy theories and hatred," Devin Burghart, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, a national watchdog group, told Insider.

Burghart said if more rioters made it inside the Capitol, or if Trump had walked with rioters to the building as he said he would, it would have been a "much more volatile situation."

"You could have literally had open air executions in Washington on January 6," he said. "It's clear from the rhetoric they were using inside the halls, their intentions, given things like a noose hanging out in front or the fact that they brought zip ties and weapons into the halls, it could have been disastrous."

... Tamara Herold, a crime scientist and director of the Crowd Management Research Council, told Insider that some rioters likely never believed they'd actually breach the capitol.

"I think most rioters were caught off-guard and without a specific strategy, which likely prevented greater harm from occurring," she said, adding that police actions may have saved lives: "Attempting to hold and redirect the crowd as long as possible to allow evacuation and the arrival of additional police personnel, without resorting to deadly violence (with one exception), likely prevented provoking rioters into using greater levels of deadly force."

... Several former military members and retired or off-duty law-enforcement officers — people who are often taught how to use force for their careers — are among rioters who have been charged.

NPR reported that nearly one in five rioters charged were active duty or retired military veterans, and that police officers from across the nation participated in the insurrection.

Three members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group that recruits former military and police, have been charged with conspiracy in the insurrection, and a charging document showed men planning to storm the Capitol days in advance.

Burghart told Insider that he wasn't surprised to see former military members and off-duty police officers being arrested and put on leave in connection the insurrection.

"It certainly is worrisome in the current context that you have law enforcement officers who don't know the difference between right and wrong and willing to participate in a seditious act like trying to overthrow election results and engage in a bloody interaction," he said.

... Burghart told Insider that the effort to shut down further possible insurrections lies not only in the hands of the Biden administration, but everyone.

"I think it requires concerted national efforts to de-radicalize these folks and to have them disengage and start getting back to all of us talking about who and what we are as a nation in the 21st Century, living up to our real core democratic values rather than allowing the kind of conspiracism and anti-democratic ideas to flourish," he said. "That's going to require a concerted effort by all Americans to change the tone and tenor of our nation moving forward."
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MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch
When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement.

The president has told him before that he would back his bid for governor of Minnesota, Lindell told The Associated Press. “Mike, if you did it, I would get behind you,” Lindell said Trump told him.

It’s a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of some Republicans in the state — where Trump lost by 7 percentage points — and cuts to the heart of the national party’s existential crisis. While many Republicans, particularly those in Washington, are eager to move on from the former president and his personality-driven, racially divisive politics, Trump’s acolytes across the country are already preparing to pick up the torch.

... “The Republican brand has become toxic in the eyes of too many young people, formerly supportive suburbanites, women and diverse voters,” said former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an establishment Republican who lost a comeback run for governor in 2018.

“We don’t need to guess how a general election campaign will go here for any candidate viewed mostly as a Trump proxy. Trump lost here twice and it wasn’t even close the second time.”

Still, after four years of Trump’s leadership, it’s not easy finding an active Republican in the state who hasn’t aligned with Trump. The field of Republicans considering campaigns is dominated by pro-Trump conservatives.
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