by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 20, 2021) — RightSide Broadcasting Network (RSBN) is broadcasting live from Joint Base Andrews, where President Donald J. Trump is making his last exit from the nation’s capital as a sitting U.S. president on his way to Mar-a-Lago, Florida to resume life as a private citizen.
The live-streaming link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jebuWS871IQ
The official sendoff will begin at 8:00 a.m., broadcaster Brian Glenn reported, and Trump is expected to make remarks for as long as 30-40 minutes before boarding Air Force One en route to South Florida.
As of 7:48 a.m. EST, the weather is cold, in the upper 30s, with some wind, Glenn said. “There is a lot of sadness in the air about this president leaving office…I am feeling the same emotions you are right now,” he said.
However, he predicted that “the future of MAGA” and “American sovereignty” which were hallmarks of Trump’s 2016 campaign will persevere.
There are “no civilians” at the base, Glenn said, but only media and Air Force personnel amid “tight security.”
RSBN will not be covering the inauguration of Joe Biden, Glenn said.
As the 8:00 a.m. hour began, a recording of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” was heard over a loudspeaker.
Glenn confirmed that Twitter suspended its account Tuesday night for 12 hours with an extension of the ban imposed Wednesday morning.
RSBN is also positioned to cover Trump’s arrival in Florida, Glenn said.
On another note, Glenn said, “the media landscape has changed so much in the last three months” with more “evolving” expected. Since the election, Fox News’s ratings have plummeted, followed by programming shakeups and layoffs announced on Tuesday.
At 8:05, RSBN cameras showed scores of Trump supporters with masks arriving to attend the sendoff which Glenn said was “absolutely wonderful.” “President Trump is for the people, and that’s the reason you’re seeing what you’re seeing right now…this is what it’s all about,” Glenn said animatedly.
A citizen-led, viewer-supported small company, RSBN has covered Trump’s 2016 campaign, presidency, 2020 campaign and post-election rallies galvanized by the belief that Trump won the November 3 election but was overcome by fraudulent votes and activity over night from November 3 to November 4. Having received a reported 74-75 million votes, Biden is said to have received approximately 80 million, but indications are that those combined numbers exceed the number of registered voters in the U.S.
Glenn emphasized that he is “honored” to be covering Trump’s last day in office, which ends at noon, and that he is “thrilled” with the support shown to Trump by members of the public arriving for the event. “Stay in your faith…stay grounded; continue to pray for our president; pray for RightSide,” he said. “I ask you to please continue to pray for this country…and we will continue to pray for you, every single one of you…”
As of 8:17, Glenn said he saw no indication that Marine One, the presidential helicopter, was yet arriving at JBA.
At 8:20, Glenn said he spotted Donald J. Trump, Jr., President Trump’s oldest son, and the camera panned to him, girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, and several other unknown individuals.
Two minutes later, the camera turned to Ivanka Trump, who served as an unpaid White House adviser, as she waved to the crowd.
At 8:24, Glenn said he was “notified about five minutes ago” that Trump is on his way to JBA from the White House.
Glenn then enumerated what he believes are Trump’s accomplishments as president. “We must remember this president and all the beautiful things he did for this country…We are celebrating this president…and we are going to honor all the things that he’s done.”
Prior to his own banning from Twitter, Trump had announced that he would not be attending Biden’s inauguration, nor would he be meeting with Biden at the White House prior to the change in administrations.
The Trump campaign’s legal team fought the declared results of the November 3 election through January 6, when Congress convened for its joint session to count the electoral votes. Objections being voiced by some members of Congress were interrupted by an invasion of the U.S. Capitol which was immediately blamed on Trump, who was speaking at a “Save America” rally at the Ellipse approximately 1.5 miles away and urged his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” walk to the Capitol to object to what Trump and his supporters believe is massive fraud which turned the election from Trump to Biden.
At 8:31, Glenn estimated there are “several hundred Trump supporters” at JBA and that it could be “the beginning of something.”
“We don’t know where it goes from here,” Glenn said. At 8:32, the door to Marine One opened, with journalists exiting first, Glenn narrated. “Just an amazing moment.”
At 8:34, an announcer declared the president and First Lady’s exit, after which Trump took to the podium.
His remarks focused on his administration’s accomplishments, including revitalizing the military and reducing the bureaucracy of the Veterans’ Administration’s healthcare system, and what he said is a firm and positive foundation for the new administration. “A goodbye, we love you, we will be back in some form,” he said to cheers at 8:44, then thanked his vice president, Mike Pence, and Congress, with whom he said he worked well. “So, have a good life; see you soon,” he said as he and First Lady Melania Trump stood on the stage for a few more minutes, with Trump clapping along with the audience.
As they walked toward Air Force One, “YMCA,” one of Trump’s 2020 campaign theme songs began to play, during which he walked back to share a quick hug with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
After preparations to leave were made, at 8:56, Air Force One began to taxi on the runway to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Update: 9:42 a.m. – RSBN’s coverage of Trump’s arrival in Florida has begun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jebuWS871IQ