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Written by on June 2, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) President Joe Biden said the United States as a great nation needs to come to terms with its “dark side” at an event on Tuesday in Oklahoma remembering the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. Biden made the claim that Black entrepreneurs don’t have the same problems as white entrepreneurs because the latter has “lawyers” and “accountants.”

“Data shows young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are. But they don’t have lawyers, they don’t have — they don’t have accountants. But they have great ideas,” Biden said.

BIDEN: We have a thing called–I won’t go into it all but there’s not enough time now. But I’m determined to use every taxpayer’s dollar that is assigned to me to spend going to American companies and American workers to build Amer–that build American products. And as part of that I’m going to increase the share of the dollars the federal government spends to small, disadvantaged businesses including black and brown small businesses. Right now it calls for 10 percent. We’re gonna move that to 15 percent of every dollar spent will be spent for both.

2) The Biden administration’s top law enforcement officials on Wednesday pledged to dedicate their resources to combat domestic violent extremists amid questions over whether the agencies are equipped to monitor such threats in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing on domestic extremism as Congress ramped up its scrutiny this week of the circumstances around the attack on the Capitol.

Both Garland and Mayorkas testified that white supremacist groups pose the most serious domestic national security threat in the U.S., reinforcing what analysts have long concluded about far-right organizations.

“Domestic violent extremists pose an elevated threat in 2021 and in the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race,” Garland told lawmakers at the top of the hearing.

3) West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has a new partner in his fight to get his state vaccinated against COVID-19: his bulldog, Babydog.

“If you won’t do it for your family, you’ve got to get vaccinated for Babydog,” Justice said during a Friday press conference shared to Twitter. “That’s all there is to it.”

Justice said he brought the pup to make people smile as he promotes the necessity of immunization in combating the coronavirus.

“Without any questions she’ll give you a high-five,” he said, while holding the bulldog’s paw up in the air as the camera zooms in on her.

“She wants you vaccinated so badly, and she’s going to absolutely be the one to lead us through all these incentives,” he said.

4) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday that would bar transgender female athletes from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams at public schools — a move that LGBTQ advocates decried as particularly “unconscionable” on the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month.

The so-called Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which was included in a broad education bill, stipulates that girls’ or women’s teams “may not be open to students of the male sex.” It does allow female athletes to play on boys’ or men’s teams. The bill also includes a provision allowing an allegedly impacted student to sue a school that violates the act.

Today’s Guests:

1) Julio Gonzalez, National Tax Reform Exper

2) Thomas Renz, Attorney, America’s Frontline Doctors

3) Doug Schexnayder, Conservative Crawgator