Ringside Politics – January 11, 2021

Written by on January 11, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) The United States is lifting decades-old restrictions between American and Taiwanese officials, in a move that will fundamentally change Washington’s relationship with the self-governed island — prompting threats from Beijing.

Washington has for years “created complex internal restrictions to regulate” US officials’ dealings with Taiwan “in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday. “No more,” Pompeo wrote.

China considers Taiwan a part of its territory, and US dealings with the democratically ruled island have long been a source of tension.

In a statement, Pompeo, a staunch critic of China, wrote that US diplomats should now consider all previous State Department contact guidelines regarding relations with Taiwan to be “null and void.

2) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she believes President Donald Trump should be impeached in light of the Capitol siege because “every minute” he is in office “represents a clear and present danger.”

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on a Sunday segment of “This Week” with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, where she said she believes impeachment should be scheduled for the president.

“Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday. “Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger, not just to the United States Congress but frankly to the country.”

3) Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., called for a racketeering investigation on Sunday following Amazon, Apple and Google’s decisions to suspend the alternative social media platform Parler after Wednesday’s U.S. Capitol riot.

During an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of Parler is “clearly a violation'” of antitrust, civil rights and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which is a federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

“I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is at right now or the FBI,” the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence told host Maria Bartiromo.

Nunes argued that “there should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company, but on all of those like us.

“I have 3 million followers on Parler,” he added. “Tonight I will no longer be able to communicate with those people and they’re Americans.

 

4) Sen. Pat Toomey said Sunday that President Donald Trump should resign from office and could face “criminal liability” after the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, becoming the second Republican senator to call for the President’s resignation.

“I think at this point, with just a few days left, it’s the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rearview mirror for us that could happen immediately,” the Pennsylvania Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “I’m not optimistic it will. But I think that would be the best way forward.”

Today’s Guests:

1) Daniel Miller, President of Texas Nationalist Movement – videos in to discuss nationalism and the value of our rights as Americans.

2) Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars; Author, “1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project” – joins the show to discuss the importance of education and the dangers of misinformation.

3) Chad Rogers, Ringside All-Star and author of The Dead Pelican – calls in to discuss the events of the week and opine with callers.


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