"Last week we saw one of the darkest days in American history, and for better or worse, I was there," The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper said in a dispatch Tuesday. Klepper accompanied the mob of President Trump's supporters as they marched on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, peppering them with questions along the way, but he left when the first shots were fired and before the ransacking began.
"It's been six days since MAGA terrorists ransacked our Capitol building, but the danger hasn't passed yet," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. The FBI has warned that new "'armed protests' are being planned from Jan. 16 through at least Jan. 20 — four days! That's not an anti-government insurgency, that's a music festival. It's Coupchella — which is really the only place it's appropriate to go shirtless in buffalo horns." He eventually mocked the shirtless, horn-wearing "Q Shaman," Jake Angeli, for demanding organic food in jail — and rolled his eyes at a judge ordering that he get it.
"For almost a week now, we've had people trying to tell us what we saw isn't what we saw," so it was "reassuring" to see the FBI say "the MAGA maniacs who tried to overthrow the government are going to pay," Colbert said. "So, MAGA-heads who thought the feds were out to get you, I'm happy to say: they are now. I have a feeling you'll soon be occupying another federal building for a long time."
Trump is clearly "not taking alt-right terrorism seriously at all," Colbert said, explaining how we know it wasn't "antifa people" who stormed the Capitol And "with the 25th Amendment option off the table, House Democrats are set to impeach the president." But "the GOP has new talking points for why they think removing the president is the wrong move," he added, and he was not impressed: "Okay, let's 'unify' in punishing all the insurrectionists and their political leaders who legitimized their homicidal fantasies. There can be no healing until the sickness is identified and removed, and you can do it now! The tumor lost his Twitter feed!" He also challenged the new GOP unity chorus to explain what they are doing to reach out to the other side, arguing that "so far, you have done nothing." Watch below. Peter Weber
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office Wednesday, marking the end of former President Donald Trump's term. After the inauguration ceremony, Biden and Harris embarked on a short parade around the Capitol Hill area that ended at the White House. That's where Biden and his family got to step inside for the first time since Biden was vice president himself four years ago.
Shortly after Biden's arrival, Harris and the second gentleman Doug Emhoff made it to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The vice president has a set of offices in the building next to the White House, but lives in a house on the grounds of the Naval Observatory about two miles northwest.
The White House got a thorough cleaning after the Trump administration departed Wednesday morning. Biden administration members will be required to wear masks once they start working, unlike Trump's staff. Kathryn Krawczyk
President Biden's team is reportedly worried the COVID-19 pandemic they're inheriting is worse than they anticipated, and some advisers say a new, more contagious variant of the virus — as opposed to vaccine distribution logistics — is the main reason why, Bloomberg reports.
Biden has promised to try to curb the virus' spread through a push to inoculate 100 million Americans in 100 days, encourage widespread mask usage, increase testing, and reopen schools. But the fear is that the new variant, which was initially discovered in the United Kingdom, but has made its way to the U.S. and elsewhere, will upend the entire plan and, subsequently, damage his prospects of achieving other legislative priorities like immigration reform and infrastructure development, Bloomberg notes.
While the mutation is seemingly at the center of the apprehension, Biden's aides also reportedly blame their predecessors for putting them in a bad spot. Some aides, per Bloomberg, privately allege the Trump administration "dragged its heels in showing them details of the federal response and its data." Ultimately, they reportedly opted against making those concerns public because they wanted to avoid publicly criticizing the Trump administration during the transition, potentially motivating them to cut them out of the loop completely.
A former senior Trump official told Bloomberg that description of the situation was just the Biden team's way of lowering expectations, adding that they were given unprecedented access to pandemic-related information. Read more at Bloomberg.Tim O'Donnell
Former President George W. Bush described House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) as "the savior" for helping President Biden make his way to the Oval Office, according to Clyburn himself.
The South Carolina Democrat revealed Wednesday he spoke with Bush ahead of the inauguration ceremony and that the former president called him the "savior" because of his key endorsement of Biden's campaign, The Associated Press reports.
"George Bush said to me today, he said, 'You know, you're the savior," Clyburn explained. "Because if you had not nominated Joe Biden, we would not be having this transfer of power today.'"
Clyburn backed Biden prior to the 2020 South Carolina Democratic primary, which Biden went on to win in what was widely seen as the major turning point in his presidential campaign; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) subsequently dropped out of the race and endorsed him.
Bush, according to Clyburn, also described Biden as "the only one who could have defeated the incumbent president." Brendan Morrow
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says President George W. Bush told him he's "the savior" for his help in getting Joe Biden the nomination.
Snuck into the HTML code is a "neat little Easter egg," Protocol reports — a message that says "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better," followed by a link to the U.S. Digital Service, the executive branch's elite technology unit.
Another hidden message on the page points anyone creeping on the HTML toward the White House's analytics website, which allows viewers to see how many people are on government websites at any given time, as well as what pages are the most viewed (if all this tech talk is Greek to you, you can snoop the page the easier way, by clicking here; turns out a lot of people try to track their USPS packages!):
Former President Donald Trump racked up an astonishing 30,573 false claims throughout the four years of his presidency, according to The Washington Post's fact checker. They include repeated inflations like Trump's insistence that more of his border wall was built than actually had been, flat-out lies about just how many votes he received in the 2020 election, and everything in between.
Trump's false claims increased most dramatically in the months leading up to the 2020 election. They plateaued again afterward as Trump stayed out of the public eye, even as he falsely insisted he won the election and that fraud had cost him votes.
Trump most often repeated his claim of building "the greatest economy in the history of the world," saying it 493 times, the Post counts. False claims about his political opponents wanting fully open borders and the actual size of his tax cuts also topped the most repeated list, which you can explore at The Washington Post.Kathryn Krawczyk
Amazon has extended an offer to help President Biden meet his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans against COVID-19 in his first 100 days in office.
Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon's consumer business, sent a letter to Biden on Wednesday, congratulating him and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration before detailing how the tech giant plans to expedite the vaccine campaign.
The strategy would include on-site inoculations for any of the company's 800,000 employees who don't have the luxury of working from home during the pandemic. And looking beyond Amazon, Clark added that "we are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist" the Biden administration.
Biden has promised to ramp up the vaccine effort, which has been slower-than-expected, though it's unclear if he'll sign off on Amazon's requests and offer. Tim O'Donnell
NEW @NBCNews: Amazon has extended offer to President Joe Biden to assist with national Covid vaccine distribution.
In the wake of the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month, the FBI had warned that armed protests were being planned in every state capital. But though it was still early in much of America as President Biden was sworn in just before noon Eastern time, the handful of pro-Trump demonstrators who actually showed up were largely disappointed by the turnout, to say the least:
Mark Leggiero is the one lone Trump supporter out in front of the NYS Capitol. He says he expected a few thousand ppl here and is disappointed. He said he drove 45 minutes for a peaceful protest pic.twitter.com/hDtCLYFpLq