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President Biden's Legacy Will Be Defined By How He Handles Divided America Updated: 2021-01-22 15:46:37 KST

"I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me, God."

"Congratulations, Mr. President."

It was a first step toward restoring a semblance of normalcy to a shaken democracy.

"My heart is full of joy and I'm so happy and excited to get as close as I possibly can to history. I've always wanted to attend inauguration and this would have been the first one, and I'm sad by the events that happened a few weeks ago"

"For me, it felt like a sense of relief, like as soon as he got sworn in - President Biden got sworn in - I just felt a sense of relief"

"Twenty minutes ago, we were still under an administration that has caused so much chaos over the last four years, so just trying to come to the reality that we have a new administration, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around that. It's really amazing to be here and see this."

"I had to be here. I was tried to be talked out of not coming by my family, saying it wasn't safe, but being what we went through so much the last four years, I felt that being here was part of my healing process"

The new president said we must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.
He said at this hours democracy has prevailed.
But only barely. How President Joe Biden handles a divided America will define his legacy.
Let's talk about it.
Joining me live in the studio is Mason Richey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

What were your takeaways from the inauguration ceremony as well as President Biden's inaugural speech?
How is it being received by the American people - his supporters, and those that are not?

How are political analysts assessing the transition of power?

On many different online platforms, "not my president" has become a common refrain.
Many conservatives still remain under the false belief that President Biden sits at the White House illegitimately as a result of a rigged election.
But hours after the inauguration, hundreds of people gathered for a series of events across Portland, Oregon - a rather liberal city.
These demonstrators weren't from the conservative right and they weren't out to celebrate, but to mobilize for the struggles to come.
President Biden emphasized the need to seek unity as a nation multiple times in his inaugural speech
Yet we now have people are smashing windows of local Democratic Party headquarters
What is it going to take for the violent conflict among the people to stop?

Trump left America at its most divided since the Civil War
Federal authorities have warned about the threats of far-right extremist groups.
And as we've seen just last year, mobilization of violence across the country is very quick almost hasty.
IF this violence doesn't slow down at what point does the government intervene and what kind of legal enforcement can be carried out hypothetically under such circumstances?

Biden is left to fight against strong forces the people divided, seeing each other as the enemy.
His administration will have to build bridges in many directions to "bring America back".
Before bringing America back on the global front, much work needs to be done at home a rather extraordinary list of agenda
What tops the Biden administration's agenda domestically and how do you expect the Biden team to deal with it?

Beyond rejoining the Paris Agreement and having to do so with other international organizations that Trump has pulled America out of
Foreign policy that needs negotiations the trade wars with China denuclearization with North Korea
How does an administration prioritize such issues?

Now former president Donald Trump was greeted by crowds of supporters in West Palm Beach.
Having left the White House with a list of legal problems, Trump has hired an impeachment lawyer prominent South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers.
Bowers worked for the Justice Department during President George W. Bush's administration as well as counsel to Republican governors Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.
Why this pick?

The Senate has yet to schedule Trump's trial, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is reviewing a request from Republicans to put off the start of Trump's impeachment trial until mid-February to give his legal team time to prepare a defese.
How do we expect things to proceed?

Mason Richey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies many thanks for your insights this evening. We appreciate it.
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