On January 20, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Newsmax, which gained prominence in the last months of the Trump administration as former President Donald Trump himself increasingly turned to the network, wasted no time denouncing the new president.
Since the presidential election, Newsmax questioned the legitimacy of Biden’s victory, gave guests a platform to call for assassination and a coup, hosted a QAnon conspiracy theorist, and falsely claimed that anti-fascist activists were behind the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Now the network is undermining the new administration after it barely began.
Following his inauguration on Wednesday, Biden’s address focused on national unity. In fact, more than a quarter of all mentions of “unity” in presidential inaugural addresses were uttered by Biden yesterday, according to The Washington Post. Taking office after an administration that weaponized misinformation for political gain, Biden also focused his address on the importance and value of truth.
Minutes after Biden completed his inaugural address, host Tom Basile called Biden’s inaugural address “very dark” and “divisive.”
Prime-time Newsmax co-host Lyndsay Keith criticized Biden’s inaugural address as “filled with emotion and not policy.” Her co-host, former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, criticized the Biden administration as “all about style and rhetoric” over policy and decried the “far-left turn” it will bring to the country.
Nearly seven hours after Biden was sworn in as president, prime-time host Greg Kelly told his viewers that “it’s actually OK to say you don’t want to see Joe Biden succeed.”
Shortly after Biden signed his first executive orders, prime-time host Grant Stinchfield said they are “tearing away at the fabric of this great nation” and claimed, “There is nothing in the national anthem that Joe Biden seems to value.”
Prime-time host Rob Schmitt said Biden’s executive order to promote racial equity is merely “virtue signalling.” Schmitt’s guest, the Rev. C.L. Bryant, declared Donald Trump to be “the only legitimate president of the United States.”
Host Rob Finnerty said on January 21, “It’s President Obama’s third term starting in earnest today.”