Ringside Politics – January 12, 2021

Written by on January 12, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) The New York State Bar Association will consider expelling President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and a state lawmaker is seeking his disbarment after inflammatory comments during a rally preceding last week’s deadly riot inside the U.S. Capitol. Hours before the pro-Trump mob breached security and stormed the building, Giuliani encouraged the president’s loyalists to fight the election results “by combat.” Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died during the attempted insurrection.           

In a statement Monday, the bar association said it has received “hundreds of complaints in recent months” about the former New York mayor and his failed bid to help Trump overturn his loss to Joe Biden.

2) Twitter stock fell as much as 12% on Monday after the social-media company permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday evening. The share-price decline wiped $5 billion from Twitter’s market capitalization.

Twitter’s bosses suspended Trump’s account – which had about 88 million followers – after the world leader’s fanning of conspiracy theories about voter fraud and election theft spurred thousands of his supporters to lay siege to the Capitol last week.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said.

3) Vice President Mike Pence signaled he’ll spurn demands to immediately oust Donald Trump over a deadly riot by the president’s supporters as the two met and agreed to work together for the remainder of the term, according to a senior administration official.

The discussion adds to indications that Trump has no plans to resign before Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.                                                It was the first time Trump and Pence have spoken since the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol while Pence was presiding over formal affirmation of his re-election defeat, according to two people familiar with the matter.

4) A Georgia man charged in connection with last week’s violent US Capitol riot has since died, according to a local report.

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, died at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday, Atlanta-based outlet11Alive News reported.

An Alpharetta police report obtained by the outlet did not list a cause of death, but said Georgia’s death was “under investigation.”

Officers removed two rifles from Georgia’s home, the report said.

Today’s Guests:

1) Patrick Wood, Founder and Director of Citizens for Free Speech – joins the show in the first hour to talk about the latest news surrounding the banning and possible censorship of Donald Trump.

2) Keith Hanson, Radio Talk Show Host – joins the show to discuss the events of last week and the threat it poses to our democracy.


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