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'I'm not about to fill my bong with Trump-loyalist tears'


Last updated 1/24/2021 at 10:01am

Rick Steves' Europe

Jan. 20, 2021, was quite a day. It was a bad day for Jim Crow, billionaire heirs, the coronavirus, and carnage in general. It was a good day for polar bears, civil liberties, my European friends (who've been lifting my spirits even higher with happy emails), and Amanda Gorman – the 22-year-old poet who inspired us all, but particularly a nation of young girls of color.

And it was a day that filled me with joy and hope.

Every four years, we celebrate the peaceful transition of power – a blessing upon which our democracy sits. And this year, it came with a bracing poignancy as, for the...

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