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Editor’s Thought Bubble: Biden is president

By: - January 21, 2021 9:00 am

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In the weeks leading up to yesterday’s inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th president of the United States, my inbox would routinely be filled with messages from self-styled “patriots” who demanded I retract my lies that Biden won and would become president. There was no chance, they insisted, that could happen — and instead he’d be arrested and frog-marched to a gulag somewhere. Some promised that I and my team would join him and Kamala Harris.

To those people today, I have two words: “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry that you were lied to by people you trusted. I’m sorry that you chose to adopt those lies wholesale and now are forced to reckon with those lies. I truly hope you find the peace and acceptance you sought in those dark fantasies.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.