Many eyes are expected to be on Hillary Clinton as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Friday, according to The Hill.
While around 70 House Democrats are boycotting the event, Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will attend. The Hill predicted that TV cameras would be pointed at the former secretary of state to catch reactions to her opponent being sworn in.
"I think it takes a lot to show up in that situation after the kind of campaign that was run against her," Tad Devine, senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders told The Hill.
"Her opponent encouraged people to want to put her in jail, and to question her in a fundamental way…I really think she should be praised" for attending the inauguration, Devine said.
Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said Clinton's appearance will be symbolic and "certainly she will feel disappointed, but it is very important that she attend because it is a signal to people that the system of government works. Her appearance is a way of endorsing democracy."
"It is a very classy thing to do. It speaks well of her and her character, despite what her detractors might like to intimate. She has absolutely no gain here," Sheinkopf added.
The defeated candidate in a presidential election usually attends the inauguration, The Hill notes, with the most recent exception being Mitt Romney, who did not attend President Barack Obama's second swearing-in in 2013.
Al Gore attended George W. Bush's inauguration after his controversial defeat in 2000, The Hill noted.
"There are few people who can sympathize with Hillary Clinton right now, and are still alive, other than Al Gore. Most people can't even pretend to know," Democratic strategist Evan Stavisky told The Hill.
On Thursday, ABC News debunked a fake story that had made the rounds of social media saying that Trump had rescinded Clinton's invitation to the inauguration.
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