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Ringside Politics – January 19, 2021

Written by on January 19, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) On the morning of Jan. 20, Donald Trump and Melania Trump will depart the White House as President and first lady, but they will not invite their incoming counterparts, Joe and Jill Biden, inside before they do.

The dissolving of one of America’s most enduring transfer-of-power rituals — the outgoing president welcoming the incoming president on the steps of the North Portico, and then riding with them to the United States Capitol — is just one of the snubs the Trumps are perpetrating as they leave Washington.

Instead of a president and first lady, the Bidens will be greeted by the White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, according to a source familiar with the day’s events and planning. Harleth, a 2017 Trump hire from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will likely not stay on in the Biden administration, the source said, noting the role of chief usher in all probability will be filled by someone more familiar with the incoming president and first lady.

2) Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has now authorized up to 21,000 National Guard troops from around the country to assist law enforcement with security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, according to the National Guard Bureau. That’s an increase of 1,000 from the up to 20,000 previously authorized.

“Right now, we have approximately 7,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen on the ground in support of the lead federal agency, and we are building to 21,000 for the upcoming inauguration,” Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau said during an inauguration security briefing with Vice President Mike Pence today, according to a media release. “They are under the command and control of Maj. Gen. William Walker, the Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard, and are providing security, communications, logistics and coordination with all supported agencies.

“As always, our first priority is to protect people and property — and the safety and wellbeing of our National Guard personnel and their families,” Hokanson said. “I visit with these men and women every night and they understand the importance of this mission. They are also proven, prepared and proud to do their part to ensure a peaceful and safe inauguration of our incoming commander-in-chief.”

3) Outgoing first lady Melania Trump delivered her farewell speech on Monday in a video message posted to Twitter in which she praised members of the military and law enforcement, and urged every American to “choose love” over hatred.

Ms Trump also thanked healthcare professionals for their work battling the coronavirus and said she had been “moved by children” she visited in hospitals.

“I am humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people,” Ms Trump said.

4) President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies.

The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt.

Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the legislation and granted anonymity to discuss it.

Today’s Guests:

1)  Dr. Salvatore J. Giorgianni, Jr., Pharm.D.; Senior Science Adviser; Men’s Health Network – joins the show in the first hour to discuss the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine.

2) Bill Martinez; Talk Show Host – joins us to simulcast on his show and discuss the hot topics of the day.

3) Paul Preston; Founder and President of The Movement for a New California State – simulcasts with Jeff to discuss the history of California politics and the idea of a new red state.

4) Michelle Hirstius; Ringside All-Star – calls in to discuss the events of the day and opine with callers.

5) George Landrith; President of Frontiers for Freedom – joins the show to discuss the state of America as we transition to a new presidency.