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Ringside Politics – January 20, 2021

Written by on January 20, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, Black woman and Asian woman to be sworn in as vice president. President Trump did not attend the inauguration, becoming the first president since 1869 to skip the swearing-in of his successor.

In his inaugural address, Biden called for unity. “Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path,” the new president said. “We must end this uncivil war.”

2) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, taking the reins of power at a perilous time in American history and urging a bitterly divided country to unite around defeating the deadliest pandemic in a century.

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Mr. Biden said in his inaugural address. “Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.”

Noting that he was being inaugurated on the Capitol steps just two weeks after it was stormed by a “riotous mob,” Mr. Biden said the country has been reminded that “democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

3) After four years of shattering precedent inside the White House, President Donald Trump took part in one final presidential tradition on his way out of office Wednesday: leaving a letter for his successor inside the Oval Office.

Trump spokesperson Judd Deere confirmed Wednesday that the president had written a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and left it for him in the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk. The Trump White House did not divulge the contents of what Trump left for Biden to read.

Trump has forsaken other symbolic aspects of the transfer of power between presidents — including skipping Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday and instead heading to his private club in Florida after a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.

4) President Trump made the decision to pardon Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, after a day of frantic efforts to sway his thinking. He also pardoned Elliott Broidy, a Trump fund-raiser who pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws.

Today’s Guests:

1) Heather Mullins; Investigative Reporter, Real America’s Voice – joins the show in first hour to discuss the hot topics.

2)Mimi Owens, Ringside All-Star – rendezvous with Jeff to opine and take callers.