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Inauguration 2021: Read Live Updates As Joe Biden Takes Office

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president in a ceremony scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and security concerns stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday during an inaugural ceremony that was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing security concerns due to right-wing groups provoked by Biden’s predecessor.

Kamala Harris was also be sworn, making history as the first female vice president, as well as the first Black and Asian American vice president.

President Donald Trump departed Washington for his Mar-a-Lago resort in the morning, with his last flight on Air Force One taking place before Biden’s swearing-in at noon. Trump has spent months denying the 2020 election results and spreading lies about voter fraud, eventually pushing his supporters to “fight like hell” in a speech that incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Read live updates on Biden’s inauguration below. (Note: An ad blocker may prevent you from seeing the blog, so if you’re using one, please pause or turn it off.)