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Written by on February 2, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) President Biden plans to purchase another 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which should give the U.S. enough to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of summer 2021, the administration announced in a press release Tuesday.

The Biden administration will also increase the number of vaccines being shipped weekly to states from 8.6 million to 10 million.

2) MSNBC Contributor Clint Watts insisted that Donald Trump’s comments warranted a “drone strike” during a segment decrying President Trump for “inciting” violence at the U.S. Capitol.

Watts, also a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and advocate of the 2016 Russia collusion narrative, made the violent suggestion on an MSNBC panel alongside Nicole Wallace, Miles Taylor, and Zolan Kanno-Youngs.

“If you took what President Trump said, and instead put it in Anwar Awlaki’s mouth, we would be talking about a drone strike overseas,” Watts said.

Awlaki was a U.S.-born citizen and suspected al-Qaeda leader killed in Yemen by an Obama-era drone strike and has been responsible for radicalizing a host of radical Islamic terrorists.

3) Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — the controversial, QAnon-supporting freshman congresswoman — on Monday found herself facing blowback from her own party’s leadership for espousing dangerous and unfounded conspiracies about American politics.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called her views, which have at various points included such baseless accusations as blaming the Jewish people for California wildfires and accusing mass shooting events of having been staged, a “cancer” on the Republican Party.

“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country. Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said in a short statement Monday night that doesn’t directly cite her by name.

“This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”

4) House Democrats — furious over House Republican leadership’s lackluster attempts to rein in controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — are weighing a multitude of options in dealing with her themselves.

Greene, a freshman member from Georgia, has a long record of making incendiary remarks ranging from allegedly supporting violence against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats, to spreading baseless claims that mass school shootings were staged.

Democrats have previously called on Greene to be expelled from Congress or formally censured.

“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be held accountable for her reprehensible statements, and I am discussing with members the best course of action to do so,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Today’s Guests:

1) Allan Stevo, Author of “Face Masks In One Lesson” – calls into the first hour to discuss the science behind the latest mask recommendations and the state of America in regards to the COVID-19 epidemic.

2) Bill Martinez, host of Bill Martinez Live – simulcasts with Jeff in the second hour to discuss the hot topics of the week and share their unique commentary.