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Joe Biden inaugurated as 46th president of the United States

January 20, 2021
<p>Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin on Nov. 1, 2018</p>

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin on Nov. 1, 2018

Photo by Andrew Roth | The State News

Presidential inaugurations are historical events in and of themselves, but Joseph Biden Jr.'s oath of office today follows an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the second impeachment of his predecessor, Donald Trump, for inciting the riot.

The insurrection in Washington led to heightened security including the national guard not just in D.C. where the swearing-in takes place, but at state capitols across the country — including Lansing.

The swearing in of now-Vice President Kamala Harris is also historic, as she is the first woman of color to hold the position.

Trump wrote on Twitter, shortly before having his account suspended by the platform, that he will not be attending the inauguration ceremony, which begins at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Now-President Biden's victory received scrutiny on the ground in "Stop the Steal" demonstrations and in Michigan's state legislature, with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani even making an appearance.

Nevertheless, federal cybersecurity experts released a joint statement that the 2020 election was the most secure in American history.

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