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Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era

HeadlineJan 21, 2021

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ending the Trump era with a call for national unity. Speaking on the steps of a Capitol building that just two weeks prior was mobbed by a group of right-wing extremists trying to overturn the election, President Biden said the U.S. faces an unprecedented combination of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, mass unemployment, racial injustice, white supremacist violence and the existential threat of climate change. And he warned against the spread of lies — in a thinly veiled reference to the Trump administration’s constant stream of falsehoods over the past four years.

President Joe Biden: “Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth, and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders — leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

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