34 Matt Schlapp – His Views on Trump’s Listening Skills and Decision Making, and Conservatism in America

Matt Schlapp is the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, and has worked in the Bush administration. He is a big proponent of President Trump, and he shares his views on the election, Trump’s early decisions as president, and recent political events. He also talks about how he got his start in politics and how he sees a need for the conservative movement in today’s political landscape.

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Show Notes: 

  • How Matt experienced election night from Trump Tower
  • When he first met Donald Trump
  • Why he didn’t support Donald Trump at first
  • Why the ACU remained neutral during the GOP primaries
  • How the age of social media has changed the way people run for politics
  • What Donald Trump could have done to lose his support
  • What happened when he organized and chaired CPAC
  • How he describes his ideology
  • How he connects Bush and Trump
  • What he has disappointed by from the Trump administration so far
  • How he feels about the FBI investigation into Russian collusion with the GOP during the election
  • His view on Jim Comey
  • His time on the Bill Maher and what he thinks of
  • About his time working for George W. Bush
  • Why he thinks you shouldn’t make all of your career decisions based on money or security

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33 David Frum – How Donald Trump Accelerates the Erosion of a Truthful Democracy

Conservative writer and journalist David Frum is well known for his work in multiple publications including The Atlantic where he is a senior editor. He served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and he is a critic of Donald Trump. In this interview, we discuss the threat that Frum believes Trumps poses to the American political system, his thoughts on Russia, Comey, and North Korea, and what he thinks the future holds.

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Show Notes: 

  • David Frum’s experience being on live TV when he realized Donald Trump would become president
  • Why he doesn’t use the term Never-Trump
  • What makes up the “base” of his politics
  • About how he fears for the Trump Presidency every day
  • What he thinks about Comey’s firing
  • David’s thoughts on Russia’s connections with the 2016 campaign
  • What has happened to the conservative movement
  • His thoughts on how the media have covered Donald Trump
  • A best case scenario if Donald Trump lasts for 4-8 years
  • About the North Korea scenario
  • How he thinks Christopher Hitchens would have reacted to the 2016 election
  • His experiences at Bilderberg
  • How to learn the ability to be a good journalist

Links Mentioned:

  • Standard Post
  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

32 Dinner Party Podcast: Roger Stone

In this special episode, we go on the record during a usually off-the-record dinner that Jamie hosts every so often at his Washington D.C. flat. About 7 other journalists are invited to the dinner, plus a different special guest each time. This time around, Roger Stone was gracious enough to let him go on the record for a few questions about Trump, the White House staff, and more.

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Show Notes: 

  • On if Roger thinks Alex Jones is playing a character in his on-screen performances
  • What he thinks of Steve Bannon and what his failures have been in the White House
  • If Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are Democrats
  • What happened when Roger Stone first met Donald Trump
  • Why Donald Trump was interested in Ronald Reagan’s campaign
  • What Trump learned for Richard Nixon
  • If Roger Stone thinks he was being surveilled by the government
  • What Trump could do to lose Roger Stone’s support
  • Roger’s thoughts on Julian Assange’s ties to Russia
  • Why Roger Stone has a concern for Trump’s safety
  • Why Trump’s war on the media has been very good politically for him
  • What could happen to Jared Kushner that would get him pushed out of the white house
  • Why Roger wears the collared shirts that he does

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  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

31 Thomas Ravenel – On Drug Use, Southern Charm, and Politics

Thomas Ravenel, the State Treasurer of South Carolina in 2007, is now a star on the reality TV show Southern Charm. In this engaging interview, we chat about the federal drug charges that removed him from office, where he would be if the charges hadn’t happened, his political views, and more. You’ll be surprised at the twists and turns that this interview takes as we make our way from Donald Trump, legalizing drugs, reality TV, and more.

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Show Notes: 

  • Why Thomas felt that Trump was going to win the election
  • How he would have handled Donald Trump on the debate stage
  • When his views started to skew more Libertarian
  • Why he would make drastic cuts to the federal defense budget
  • If he wants to run for office again or not
  • Why he thinks drugs should be legalized
  • About his drug issue and time in jail
  • If he would ever run for president
  • How he thinks Southern Charm has helped his image in South Carolina or hurt it
  • Why his family didn’t want him to do Southern Charm
  • What he thinks of our South Carolina politicians including Lindsay Graham
  • Where he would be today if didn’t have a federal drug conviction
  • Walking through how his conviction happened and why he thinks he was wronged
  • Why he doesn’t regret doing Southern Charm
  • Who he is actually friends with in real life from Southern Charm
  • What to do if you find yourself in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Why he is to the left of Democrats on many issues

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  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

30 David Garrow – What You Don’t Know About Barack Obama’s Life

David Garrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, best known for his biography on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1986. His new book is out in May, a comprehensive biography of America’s 44th president. In this episode, David discusses Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, as well as other current events including Trump’s election, the Supreme Court, and the current state of academia.

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Show Notes: 

  • What he was doing on election night and who he voted for
  • How the rise of the Internet has dramatically altered US politics
  • What David thought about the dossier and Buzzfeed’s publishing of it
  • Trump’s Russia connection and if there are people in the intelligence community who are trying to take down Donald
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  • Why there is no chance that Obama wiretapped Donald Trump during the election
  • Why he thinks Gorsuch should be confirmed
  • What has happened the the politicizing of the Supreme Court
  • Why David thinks there should be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices
  • David’s rich understand of Justice Clarence Thomas
  • How Barack Obama become a politician at the Illinois State Legislature
  • What Obama would disagree with in this biography of him
  • What he thinks about Barack’s reaction to Trump’s election
  • Why David is disappointed in the current state of academia
  • What happened when he won the Pulitzer Prize at 33 years old

Links Mentioned:

  • Standard Post
  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

29 Alan Keyes – What The Constitution Demands of Us

Alan Keyes gives a fascinating, wide-ranging, and passionate interview. From his life growing up as an Army brat, his time at Cornell and Harvard with Allan Bloom and Harvey Mansfield, to his presidential campaigns, Dr. Keyes gives a detailed account of his convictions and how he came to them.

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Show Notes: 

  • What values Alan Keyes learned growing up as an Army brat
  • How he became an amazing orator
  • About the speech he gave in High School about the Six Day War
  • What was the important of Allan Bloom to his intellectual development
  • Why he left Cornell University
  • Why Alan Keyes thinks Uncle Tom is thought of in the wrong way
  • How he ended up going to Paris for a year
  • His experience during the Willard Straight takeover
  • Alan’s move to Harvard
  • How Harvey Mansfield influenced him
  • Why he did not become a Senator or Representative
  • The relationship between Trump and George Soros
  • What happened to the Tea Party in Alan’s view
  • What he has done in the decade since his last political campaign

Links Mentioned:

  • Standard Post
  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

28 Jamie Kirchick – On Trump’s NATO Stance and Weakening of Europe

Jamie Kirchick is a journalist and author who focuses on foreign policy and politics. He frequently writes for major newspapers and publications, but he’s here today to talk about his book The End of Europe. We talk about the rise of populism movements in Europe, how Trump’s attack on NATO effects European unity, and the danger Trump poses to a stable Europe.

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Show Notes: 

  • Why he was a never-Trumper
  • How some of Trump’s actions can be attributed to his personality
  • How the conservative media handled Donald Trump
  • How Jamie K. describes his foreign policy worldview
  • Is the Middle East ready for democracy?
  • The lesson to be learned from Libya and Gaddafi
  • What his book The End of Europe is about
  • How Russia views NATO and Europe
  • What he thinks about Trump attacking NATO
  • Putin’s ultimate ambitions
  • What European solidarity means
  • Why Jamie K. thinks we need a European Union for a stable Europe
  • The difference between the immigration problem in Europe and the United States
  • What Europe looks like in 20 years
  • How he became a journalist and a specialist in foreign policy
  • Why it’s disturbing how far Alex Jones has come in 8 years
  • Jamie K’s relationship with Christopher Hitchens

Links Mentioned:

  • Standard Post
  • Written by Jamie Weinstein

27 Neil Howe – The Co-Author of The Book That Influenced Steve Bannon

Neil Howe co-authored the book The Fourth Turning, a book that was hugely influential on the world view of Steve Bannon, Trump’s top advisor. In this fascinating episode, Neil discusses the ideas behind his book, why he thinks history moves in cycles, and what Trump means for the world and its current cycle.

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Show Notes: 

  • The idea behind The Fourth Turning
  • What a “Turning” is
  • Why we are in the Fourth Turning and what is going to happen
  • What Neil knows about Steve Bannon
  • How the 2008 crisis was the beginning of the Fourth Turning
  • What a Great Champion is
  • How Trump works into this idea of cyclical history
  • Why they decided to write the book
  • When Turnings are not deterministic
  • Why academic history is less relevant for people today
  • What Neil can and can’t predict with his theory

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26 Martha MacCallum – Old-World Elegance and a Cheeseburger: What Donald Trump’s Favorite Restaurant Says About Him

Martha MacCallum is the host of Fox News’ The First 100 Days, which covers the beginning of the Trump Administration. I talked with her at Fox’s studio about meeting Trump, why he is the only GOP candidate who could have won, and how his celebrity plays into how we view him. She talked about the role of the media in today’s political climate, the atmosphere at Fox News, and how she got to where she is in her career.

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Show Notes: 

  • Where Martha was on election night
  • What Trump is like when the camera is not on
  • How we’ve become a reality-TV nation
  • Why Trump is the only GOP candidate that could have won
  • How the Trump White House is doing so far
  • Why so much of how we view Donald Trump is colored by how we knew him as a celebrity
  • What to do as journalists knowing Trump regularly speaks in an exaggerated manner
  • What the role of journalists should be in the Trump era
  • About his CPAC speech
  • How she got the 7pm slot on Fox News
  • What is happening in the Democratic Party at this moment
  • How the atmosphere has changed at Fox after Roger Ales
  • About Martha’s theater background

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25 Hugh Hewitt – On Trump’s Immigration Ban and What Happens in 2018

Hugh Hewitt is the host of the Hugh Hewitt show, an MSNBC contributor, and author of several books. He’s on the show today to talk with Jamie about his interactions with Trump and how Hugh thinks Trump is doing in his first week as President. They discuss Trump’s cabinet, his policies, and the recent immigration ban. Hugh also talks about what will happen in 2018 should Democrats gain control of the House.

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Show Notes: 

  • Hugh’s personal interactions with Trump
  • What Hugh thinks of Trump’s first week
  • What he thinks about the alt-right
  • Why he doesn’t read Breitbart
  • How Trump’s cabinet is doing
  • What will happen in 2018 if the Democrats win congress
  • How Trump could get impeached
  • What he thinks about Trump’s immigration ban
  • What Trump’s foreign policy is all about
  • How Trump won the Republican primary
  • What to do to become the next Hugh Hewitt
  • Hugh’s career story

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  • Standard Post
  • Written by Jamie Weinstein