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Donald Trump shook his fist and waved as he left the White House on Marine One on Wednesday for the last time as president, leaving a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided.

“It has been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime. The greatest people in the world, the greatest home in the world,” Trump told reporters before heading to Marine One, rotors humming, on South Lawn.

President Donald Trump gestures while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2021, in Washington. Trump heads to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon) (AP)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stop to speak to the media as they walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
Four years after taking the stage on his own opening And painting a dire picture of “American carnage,” Trump leaves office charged twice, with millions more out of work and 400,000 dead from the coronavirus.

The Republicans under his watch lost the presidency and both houses of Congress.

He will be remembered forever for the last great act of his presidency: inciting an insurrection on Capitol Hill that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer, and horrified the nation.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2021, in Washington. Trump heads to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon) (AP)
AIDS brings boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2021, in Washington. Trump heads to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon) (AP)
Triumph He will be the first president in modern history to boycott his successor’s inauguration as he continues to grieve his loss and privately maintain that the election that President-elect Joe Biden justly won was stolen from him.

Republican officials in several critical states, members of their own administration and a wide swath of judges, including those appointed by Trump, have rejected those arguments.

Supporters of President Donald Trump's riots scale the west wall of the United States Capitol in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump’s riots scale the west wall of the US Capitol. (AP)
Still, Trump has refused to engage in any of the symbolic torch-passing traditions surrounding the peaceful transition of power, including inviting the Bidens for a visit to know it.

By the time Biden is sworn in, Trump will have landed at his private Mar-a-Lago club in West Palm Beach, Florida, to face an uncertain future, but not before giving himself a big send-off, complete with a red carpet, a military band and even a 21 gun salute.

Guests have been invited, but it is unclear how many will attend. Even vice president Mike pence plans to skip the event, citing the logistical challenges of getting from the airbase to the opening ceremonies.
The US Capitol is seen early in the morning prior to the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Getty)
Members of the National Guard stand guard at an access point to the Capitol. A 6-foot-high temporary chain-link fence surrounds the Capitol when California Governor Gavin Newsom mobilized the National Guard last week over concerns that protests surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday they could turn violent and destructive. (AP)

Washington has been transformed into a security fortress, with thousands of National Guard troops, fences and checkpoints to try to prevent further violence.

Advisers had urged Trump to spend his final days in office trying to save his legacy by highlighting his administration’s accomplishments: passing tax cuts, reducing federal regulations, normalizing relations in the Middle East.

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But Trump largely refused, making just one trip to the Texas border and releasing a video promising his supporters that “the movement we started is just beginning.”

Trump will retire to Florida with a small group of former White House advisers as he charts a political future that looks vastly different now than just two weeks ago.

President Donald Trump descends the stairs before a speech near a section of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas.
President Donald Trump descends the stairs before a speech near a section of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (AP)

Before the Capitol riots, Trump was expected to remain the de facto leader of his party, wielding enormous power while serving as kingmaker and reflecting on a presidential race in 2024.

But now he seems more powerless than ever: rejected by so many in his party, accused twice, denied the Twitter megaphone he intended to use as a weapon, and even facing the prospect that, if convicted at his Senate trial, You may be prohibited from seeking a second term.

For now, Trump remains angry and embarrassed, consumed with anger and outrage.

He spent the week after the election sinking deeper and deeper into a world of conspiracy, and those who have spoken to him say he still believes he won in November.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have clashed in recent weeks.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence have clashed in recent weeks. (AP)

He continues to lash out at Republicans for their alleged disloyalty and has threatened, both publicly and privately, to spend the next few years endorsing primary challenges against those whom he feels have betrayed him.

Some hope that he will eventually turn completely against the Republican Party, perhaps flirting with a third-party candidate run as an act of revenge.

Despite all the chaos and drama and bending the world to his will, Trump ended his term as he began: largely alone.

The Republican Party he finally elected appeared to have had enough after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, seeking lawmakers who refused to accept Trump’s unconstitutional efforts to overturn the results of a democratic election.

But while Washington may have had enough, Trump maintains his grip on the Republican base, supported by millions of loyal voters, along with allies who still run the Republican National Committee and many state party organizations.

The assault on the United States Capitol occurred in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's rally last week.
Trump maintains his grip on the Republican base, with the support of millions of loyal voters (AP)

The city he leaves will not miss him.

Trump rarely left the confines of the White House except to visit his own hotel.

He and his wife never dined at any other local restaurant; He never ventured to shop at their stores or visit the sites.

When he left, he almost always went to one of his properties: his golf course in Virginia, his golf course in New Jersey, his private club, and the nearby golf course in Palm Beach, Florida.

The city overwhelmingly supported Biden, with 93 percent of the vote.

Trump received just 5.4 percent of the vote, or fewer than 18,600 ballots, not enough to fill the Washington Capitals hockey arena.


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