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"Don't Fall For the Massive GOP Head Fake"
More than a week into the Sleepy Don election interference trial, are Trump's legal troubles finally catching up to him? Joe explains just how damaging they've been to Trump. And why you shouldn't be fooled by the new polls suggesting RFK Jr. hurts Trump more than President Biden. Joe explains why it's all a huge head fake -- why the money doesn't lie. Plus: What numbers from a key Pennsylvania district should have Team Trump very worried?
April 26, 2024
Trump’s First Criminal Trial: Theories of the Case
Teri Kanefield discusses the significance of a well-crafted theory, parallels between litigation and storytelling, and the influence of unreliable witnesses all surrounding the Trump trial.
April 25, 2024
Normalizing the Abnormal: How Trump Has Affected the Mental Health of the United States
What is the impact of Donald Trump's presidency on the mental health of the United States? Brian Daitzman delves into the psychological bond between Trump and his followers, the mental health diagnoses among QAnon followers, the mental distress caused by Trump's policies, and the societal consequences of divisive politics.
April 25, 2024
Russian Success: Ukraine vs. America
Stuart Stevens writes that the Ukraine aid "vote is being celebrated as a 'bipartisan' success, a description that obscures the reality that a majority of the Republicans voted as Vladimir Putin would have voted. Today, Bernie Sanders is to the right of the majority of Republicans on Russia. That is extraordinary. How did this happen?"
April 24, 2024
Authoritarians Like Trump Don’t Debate
Dr. Jen Mercieca writes, "Trump has repeatedly shown the nation that while he might stand on the debate stage and look like someone who is there to debate, he most definitely is not." Why? Authoritarians don't debate.
April 24, 2024
The Horror of Trump's Potential Return
Trump will be the next president, according to today's guest, if we do not learn the lessons of the past. On this episode Rick connects with author of the book "Blowback" and a vocal critic of Donald Trump, Miles Taylor. They dive into the potential dangers of a second Trump presidency, particularly focusing on the drastic changes he could impose on American democracy and government functionality. Taylor elaborates on his concerns about Trump's vindictive use of power, the politicization of civil services, and the shift in foreign policy towards autocratic regimes. The episode serves as a warning and a call to action, urging us to recognize and respond to the threats posed by a possible Trump re-election to our democracy.
April 24, 2024
The Diminishing Impact Of The Criminal Defendant Who Won't Shut Up.
Rick Wilson and Joe Trippi were joined by special guest Gevin Reynolds to talk gag orders, criminal trials, Ukraine aid, RFK Jr's current spoiler effect, and a diminishing GOP. The calculus of the most consequential election of our lifetimes is changing. Catch up now on this fascinating episode!
April 23, 2024
What Happens If There Is A Presidential Election And No One Wins?
Martin Frost writes, "What happens if a candidate with a famous name like Kennedy actually carries a few small states with a total of 18 electoral votes? Bingo – no one wins." That's when things really go off the rails.
April 23, 2024
Analysis of the Harvard Youth Poll (Part 2)
After comparing his most recent poll to past Harvard Youth polls, John Della Volpe writes ," I was honestly surprised by what I found — and it made me reconsider whether I am thinking about the Biden/Trump campaign the right way."
April 23, 2024
An Exercise in Jury Intimidation, Trump Worship and Lies About Israel
Fox News tried really hard to intimidate jurors on Trump's criminal hush money trial. Jesse Watters seemed to make it his personal mission to reveal the jurors identities. Tammy Bruce said the world was destroyed but Trump will save the world. Sean Hannity lied about our alliance with Israel. Charlie Hurt compared Trump's trial to O.J. Simpson's double murder trial and said the criminal trial would be a laugh riot. As usual it was a whole lotta stupid.
April 23, 2024
A Policy Proposal That Could Ruin Your Life
The potential implications for individual Americans and the country of a 2nd Trump term are darker than you may imagine. Project 2025 is one such outcome. In this episode, Rick is joined by author Andra Watkins to discuss her Substack publication, "How Project 2025 Will Ruin Your Life." Watkins, a former Christian nationalist, dives into the details of Project 2025, a hypothetical policy proposal she believes could dramatically alter American society through strict, moralistic governance - morality police, anyone?
April 22, 2024
Burying MAGA Under A Fundraising Avalanche
There's a Democratic fundraising avalanche burying MAGA. Joe and Alex zoom out to answer the most common listener question from 2024.The massive momentum shift towards President Biden in almost every recent poll is no fluke -- why? And why MAGA's huge fundraising hole matters even more than people realize -- and why the Senate is back in play. What about the House? Has "MAGA Mike" really changed his tune -- and will it matter? And should President Biden debate Trump? Finally, Joe and Alex highlight a new leaked Kremlin document showing the depths of Russian election interference.
April 19, 2024
47th(!) Harvard Youth Poll Drop (Part 1)
John Della Volpe breaks down the 47th Harvard Youth Poll: "The students were curious about the state of the 2024 campaign, but we also dug deep into important issues like Israel/Gaza, immigration, institutional trust, culture wars, mental health, along with typology and attitudes about voting and politics."
April 18, 2024
The Four Douchebags of the MAGA Apocalypse
Rick Wilson takes us through the circus-like post-presidency of Donald J. Trump, the weak leadership of Mike Johnson, the political flip-flopping of Chris Sununu, and the alarming embrace of Putinism by J.D. Vance.
April 18, 2024
Sex, Lies, and Falsified Documents: Trump’s First Criminal Trial
Teri Kanefield writes, "Much of what we take as 'facts' would not be admissible as evidence in court...A witness can sound persuasive on a podcast or press interview but can wither under cross-examination."
April 17, 2024
Part 3: The Story of Fox News: Fox News’s Viewer Radicalization and Exploitation
In Part 3 of his series on Fox, Brian Daitzman covers the alarming methods, such as DARVO, employed by the network to control narratives, sow division, and erode trust in democratic institutions.
April 17, 2024
Donald Trump, Gaslighter-In-Chief
"Donald Trump is a liar. He is a master manipulator, a deceiver, and a distractor," writes Gevin Reynolds with all the directness, passion, and honesty that the moment requires - doing what far too few with a platform still manage to do after eight long years of gaslighting.
April 17, 2024
MAGA's Republican Takeover
The Republican party has changed. On this episode Ricks sits with Isaac Arnsdorf, a Washington Post reporter and author to discuss the profound transformation within the Republican Party instigated by the MAGA movement. Arnsdorf shares insights from his book, revealing how grassroots activism, led by figures like Steve Bannon, has reshaped the party from the bottom up. The episode explores the strategic takeovers of local party positions by MAGA supporters, the creation of a new political narrative surrounding the 2020 election, and the broader implications of this shift on American politics.
April 17, 2024
Trump's Chick-fil-A Fake Out With A Side of Racist Garbage and the Death of O.J. Simpson
Juliet Jeske goes over FOX's coverage of 'Trump's Chick-fil-A Fake Out,' the death of O.J. Simpson & whatever else they can use to distract the public from the GOP disaster.
April 17, 2024
Let The GOP Sweat A Bit
Joe Trippi explains why Democrats in the House shouldn't rush to Mike Johnson's rescue
April 17, 2024