“These are very vulnerable, sobering and scary times,” a former political advisor to Joe Biden has said while discussing the president-elect’s upcoming inauguration.
Mr Biden will be sworn into office at the Capitol Building on January 20.
However his transition into power has been marred by the threat of violence, and by Donald Trump, who has broken with tradition and refused to attend the event.
Further heightening tensions is the fact the FBI warned armed supporters will march in all 50 states to protest Mr Trump’s election loss and impeachment charges.
Moises “Moe” Vela told Today the mood in the United States is one he has never experienced before.
“You know, we are – our Capitol right now looks like a war zone and that’s not the way it should be, frankly,” he said.
“We should be celebrating. Millions of us should be on our way to Washington DC to celebrate the swearing in of our next president.
“Unfortunately, it’s too dangerous from a COVID perspective and then, of course, with this domestic terrorism threat.
“I can’t speak on behalf of everybody, obviously, but I can tell you these are very vulnerable, sobering and scary times.”
Mr Vela predicted Mr Trump will leave the White House peacefully, but hopes his refusal to attend the inauguration will not overshadow the day
“He will be leaving (the White House) that morning is what we’re told,” Mr Vela said.
“He is bypassing and foregoing all of our beautiful American traditions and the transfer of power in our democracy, but I don’t think there’s any love lost with any of us in the fact that he’s not going to attend.
“All our focus will turn to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. A lot of history will be made.
“We need a little bit of the Australian spirit to help us out. You know, that positive ‘can do’ spirit that you Australians have and Biden possesses?
“I’ve been saying this for a while now, right man, right time, right characteristics, right temperament, right mind, right heart — that’s the combo we need right now.”