Is he a hero, villain, or something else? Read on.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“A week before Biden’s inauguration and a study is released announcing that lockdowns don’t work, [Andrew] Cuomo comes out and says that New York can’t stay closed, and the mayor of Chicago is urging restaurants to open ASAP. We are supposed to believe that the timing is coincidental.”
“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this, if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”
Joe Biden at his inauguration
“I think it was a great speech. I’ve been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961, John F. Kennedy’s ‘Ask not.’ I thought this was the best inaugural address I’ve ever heard.”
Chris Wallace of FOX News
“Chris Wallace on Fox news just stated this was the best inaugural speech he ever heard!!!’ Really???”
Leo Terrell, a Democratic Trump supporter and talk radio host
“Chris Wallace is a fake news HACK!”
Author and activist Brigitte Gabriel
“An amazing inauguration, I agree with Chris Wallace. The greatest inauguration I have ever seen in my entire life! And you know what, I’ll even go further than Chris Wallace, it’s the greatest inauguration I will ever see! Ever see! I think we should stop the inaugurations! Stop the inaugurations! This is it!”
FOX News host Greg Gutfeld mocking Wallace
“President’s words are important, they weigh a ton. And if you’re Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here. When we talk about, ‘Did any of our colleagues collaborate?’ Well, that remains to be seen. We have to get the evidence of that. And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder. And this president is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“The prospect of a human tide coming to America now becomes very real. And the promise of U.S. citizenship for the 11 million undocumented already here can only serve as an additional enhancement for even more to come. … The left claims Donald Trump is responsible for the January 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol because he ‘incited’ the crowd to insurrection with his rhetoric about a ‘stolen’ election. Why, then, can’t Biden’s language about easing the path to America and gaining citizenship equally be a cause and effect? Throughout history, uncontrolled immigration without assimilation has contributed to the collapse of other superpowers. The United States does not enjoy special protection from a similar fate.”
“We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views.”
Alex Stamos, former chief security officer of Facebook
“You need a valid ID, credentials, and approved passage through a predetermined checkpoint before you enter the nation’s Capitol right now. Why shouldn’t that be the same standard we apply at our nation’s borders?”
“According to Statista.com, the United States has 223 million Facebook users, almost the size of the entire U.S. population over age 18. Per Pew, 22% of U.S. adults use Twitter. These developments have put enormous power at the disposal of technology firms over what we see and read. Power alone doesn’t worry me. Exclusive power, power to control, does. … If Donald Trump broke the law, this should be determined through legal channels, not by the subjective decision of a businessperson with a net worth of some $12 billion accrued because of American freedom.”
“Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they’re not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker.”
Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
“The left fears dissent. And they do so for good reason. Leftism is essentially a giant balloon filled with nothing but hot air. Therefore, no matter how big the balloon — the Democratic Party, The New York Times, Yale University — all it takes is a mere pin to burst it. Leftism is venerated by intellectuals. But there is little intellectual substance to leftism. It is a combination of doctrine and emotion. The proof? Those with intellectual depth do not stifle dissent; they welcome it.”
“For a side that is anti-gun and anti-wall, they sure bring in a lot of guns and walls for the inauguration.”
“There will be a trial and when that trial ends, Senators will have to decide whether they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection.”
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a Freudian slip
“I played 321 straight games, it kind of goes against everything I stood for when I played. But you’ve gotta be smart. You’ve gotta be smart. I was never faced with the decision that he potentially will face this week. And ultimately the decision may fall on the doctors. And if they choose that he doesn’t play, then it’s the right move, because of the long-term damage.
“When you’re in the moment, and you’re young, you’re bulletproof, man. But I’m 51 years old, and I’m wondering what tomorrow will bring, because of concussions more than anything.
“This is a test for the NFL, right now. To see a star player in a crucial, crucial game, what will happen with their decision. . . . The protocol’s in place. Let’s see if they follow it.
“Just say he has a headache on Friday, but [the] previous three or four days he’s fine. Is he gonna tell them? I doubt it. He wants to play. . . . For years up until 10 years ago there was no protocol in place, and once you felt better — which could be three or four hours — you were back out playing. He will want to play.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre had advice for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes who suffered a concussion last Sunday
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Celebrities at the inauguration
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
A “Bigfoot” hunting season?