14 The Good Liars (Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler) – On Their Movie Undecided, Pranking Trump and Hillary, and the 2016 Race

Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler are The Good Liars, a comedy duo that uses guerrilla-style comedy to make people think about politics and everyday issues. In this episode, we chat about their movie Undecided, how they attended rallies from all the major 2016 candidates, and how their “pranks” on the likes of Trump and Clinton were portrayed in the media.

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Show Notes: 

  • About their movie Undecided
  • How they pranked Donald Trump
  • Why the media covered their pranks as truth
  • What they did to prank Hillary Clinton
  • How they ended up making a movie from real footage of campaign rallies
  • How they met Rick Santorum
  • The sketch they made about Occupy Wall Street
  • How the Good Liars started
  • Where their politics lie
  • How the media has covered the election

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13 Scott Carter – On Producing Bill Maher, Religion, and The Current Election

Scott Carter has been Executive Producer for Real Time with Bill Maher for the past 14 years. He has a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at political types from all across the spectrum, from Kellyanne Conway to Christopher Hitchens. We chat about the current election, politics in Hollywood, and some of the best Real Time guests. Mr. Carter is also a playwright, and his play Discord has become a huge success for its take on religious beliefs, so we discuss the play as well as his career in general.

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Show Notes: 

  • How the Bill Maher show works
  • What he thinks of the Trump phenomenon
  • How Trump’s rise and race issues have intertwined
  • What the two major parties can do to work together after November 8th
  • How Trump’s personality leveled his challengers in the Republican primary
  • The evangelical argument for Trump
  • What the fight will be within the Democratic party once Hillary is elected
  • Why some people have the sense in this election that we just need to blow things up
  • How Politically Incorrect started
  • Why he agrees with many critiques that conservatives have of liberals
  • What Kellyanne Conway used to bring to Bill Maher’s show in terms of opinion and knowledge
  • The most knowledgeable celebrities that have been on the show
  • Memories of the late Christopher Hitchens
  • Political leanings of comedy and late-show television
  • About his play Discord
  • How Scott’s religious beliefs have changed
  • How he got into his industry and became successful

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12 David Horowitz – On The Left, Supporting Trump, and Reinventing Himself

David Horowitz, the founder and president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, has reinvented himself from a staunch communist and leftist to one of the most controversial conservative thinkers in America. In this podcast, we discuss his support of Trump and why he think Never-Trumpers are wrong, what he thinks The Left is doing to America, and his stance on the Middle East. We also dive into some questions about his career and legacy.

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Show Notes: 

  • David’s experience seeing Bill and Hillary in the 1990s
  • About when he met Sidney Blumenthal
  • Why he didn’t take a position during the primary
  • What he thought when Trump announced his candidacy
  • Why he thinks all conservatives should get behind Trump
  • How he thinks Never-Trumpers are wrong
  • David’s thoughts on what America should do in the Middle East
  • His thoughts on Hillary Clinton and Democrats in general
  • David responds to criticism of his piece on Billy Crystal for Breitbart
  • Why he has never visited Israel
  • How to reinvent yourself at a later stage in life
  • What David’s legacy will be

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11 Ben Shapiro – On Trump’s Nomination, Breitbart News, and How to Become a Pundit

Ben Shapiro is a political pundit, author, and podcaster. He began as a teenage political commentator – he got his start in this business 15 years ago – and has written many books on many different political topics, some of which he wrote even before he attended Harvard Law. Ben is involved in politics in almost every way you can imagine without being a politician himself, and is an ardent Never Trump-er, but also an ardent Never Hillary-er. Today we discuss how Donald Trump won the Republican Primary, where the Republican Party will go if Donald Trump loses, and what will happen to Breitbart after the election.

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Show Notes: 

  • What Donald Trump’s nomination tells us about the Republican Party
  • The mistakes made by the establishment
  • How the media has discredited itself
  • What contributed to Trump’s rise
  • What it’s like getting antisemitic tweets
  • How Ben’s decision to be anti-Trump has affected his brand
  • What will happen to the Republican Party post-Trump
  • Why Ben doesn’t buy the binary logic
  • The rise of the celebrity politician
  • The silver lining about Hillary as president
  • Why there will never be a utopia in Israel
  • How Ben see’s America’s role to be in the Syrian civil war
  • The challenges of writing fiction

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10 Tomi Lahren – On Immigration, American Exceptionalism, Trump, and Her Career

Tomi Lahren is a political commentator and host of her own show for TheBlaze. She’s received millions of views for her Final Thoughts segment on social media, and also waded into controversy for her opinions on topics from race to immigration. Today we discuss Trump’s campaign, why she believes in American Exceptionalism, how she responds to her critics, and her career so far.

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Show Notes: 

  • What being a conservative means to Tomi
  • The policies that Tomi believes in, and the ones she would repeal
  • Why the topic of immigration is so important to her
  • Her stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Why she believes in American Exceptionalism
  • About the time she met Donald Trump
  • About the racial issues that Tomi brings up
  • Why she thinks the polls are biased and Trump may be winning this election
  • How she responds to her critics and the Change.org petition about her
  • What Republicans should do after election day
  • Advice for people looking to be the next Tomi Lahren
  • Where she wants to go next in her career

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09 Bill Kristol – On Post-Trump GOP, Neoconservatism, and Why This Election is Different

“Bullying works better in politics and in life than I think it should.” – Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard, and I sat down with him in his D.C. office to chat about why he isn’t supporting Trump, what will happen to the GOP after the election, and how the media has covered this race. We talk about the alt-right, the true definition of neoconservatism, and lessons from his career in Washington.

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Show Notes: 

  • When Bill Kristol met Hillary Clinton
  • His phone call with Donald Trump
  • Was Donald Trump winning the Republican primaries a fluke or a sign of the state of the country?
  • Why the celebrity and brand appeal of Trump can’t be underestimated
  • Why Bill Kristol is voting for Evan McMullin
  • How the media has covered this race
  • The elements of the media that have really benefited from Trump
  • What happens to the GOP after the election
  • Who should lead the Republican party going into 2020
  • What neoconservatism really means
  • If democracy will work in the Middle East
  • What you can learn from Bill Kristol’s career path
  • The fluidity of Washington

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08 Rick Wilson – On Evan McMullin’s Presidential Bid, A New Conservative Party, and Why He’s Sure There is More Trump Opposition Research Coming Soon

Rick Wilson is a Never-Trumper, and now the Campaign Strategist for Evan McMullin’s Presidential bid. I talk with Rick about the opposition research that has come out on Trump and why it didn’t come out during the primaries, what the media has done to the election, and why he believes Evan McMullin has a shot. We also discuss the possibility of a new conversation party that splits with the GOP.

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Show Notes: 

  • Rick’s thoughts at the start of Trump’s bid
  • Why the recent Trump revelations didn’t come out during the primaries
  • When Rick met Donald Trump and Clinton
  • What the media’s role in this election has been
  • Why Donald Trump is such a good media magnet
  • How the alt-right media has changed this election
  • About Evan McMullin’s presidential bid
  • Why he knows there is more oppo on Trump that will come out before the election is over
  • What happens after the Trump campaign is over
  • The possibility of a new conservative party that breaks with the Republicans
  • Rick’s advice for becoming a great political strategist
  • What Rick learned from Lee Atwater

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07 Jack Abramoff – On The Clinton Foundation, His Years in Prison, and Corruption in D.C.

In this episode, I talk with Jack Abramoff about the presidential campaign, what he thinks about the Clinton Foundation, and how to change the power-grabbing culture of Washington. Jack also shares some insights from the lobbying scandal that ended up with him in prison, and how he’s learned and grown from that time in his life.

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Show Notes: 

  • What Jack thinks about this election
  • How his feelings on the Clinton foundation have been influenced by his conviction
  • Why congress is having trouble with Trump
  • How the republican party can unify
  • What Jack would do to change corruption in D.C.
  • Why the culture of Washington needs to change
  • About the law loopholes that didn’t get him in prison, and the laws that did
  • How to recover from a major career setback
  • The right reasons to go into lobbying

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06 Grover Norquist – On Trump, NeverTrumpers And Meeting George Soros

Grover Norquist thinks it was the IRS that leaked Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return to The New York Times. The influential head of Americans for Tax Reform sat down with me to discuss his view of Donald Trump, what he thinks of the #NeverTrump movement, the time he met George Soros and how he would advise an aspiring master of the conservative political universe.

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Show Notes: 

  • Grover gives his view on the release of Trump’s tax records (5:46)
  • Grover’s personal interactions with Trump (12:31)
  • How Trump won the GOP primary  (16:24)
  • How can Grover support a guy who differs so much on the issues? (24:26)
  • Grover dishes on his foreign policy views (39:37)
  • Grover dismisses #NeverTrump (47:07)
  • Grover meets George Soros (53:23)
  • Answering Twitter questions (1:00:37)
  • How to become a right-wing master of the political universe (1:03:07)
  • Grover on his influences (1:09:41)

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05 Matt Lewis – Trailblazer, Pundit and Prolific Writer

Matt Lewis is a college graduate with a political science degree, author, CNN contributor and my colleague at The Daily Caller. In this episode I talk with Matt about career trajectory, his success story, this election cycle, becoming a pundit in political journalism, his struggles to get where he is today, choosing the right career path and of course, politics.

Matt’s book Too Dumb to Fail, was written pre-Trump nomination, and sets the bar for explaining where the Republican party stands. This book hits the nail on the head on the state of the Republican party and of the Conservative Movement.

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Show Notes: 

  • Farming, rednecks and rural Maryland
  • Matt’s father’s influence on his political career
  • The focus of Matt’s writing for the last 5 years
  • Why Trump will probably do well in Maryland
  • Matt’s manager role at Roy Rogers fast food restaurant chain
  • The only networking book you’ll ever need
  • Why you should quit a job that isn’t fulfilling
  • Hitting rock bottom and the courage born from desperation
  • Don’t be afraid to quit a job
  • The disenchanting nature of losing a campaign
  • Making the move from political consultant to political journalism
  • How blogging and the internet reinvented Matt’s career
  • Blogging as a volunteer for Human Events online
  • Politics Daily
  • From cable TV show on Tucker to working for Tucker Carlson at The Daily Caller
  • The transition from cut throat television to a prolific writer
  • How TV can make you narcissistic and neurotic if you are not careful
  • Why Matt started hosting his own podcast
  • Advice for the next great pundit or contributor to CNN
  • Why Trump still has a good chance of winning the electoral college
  • Why Matt may not vote in the 2016 presidential election
  • Matt tells the story of his first interaction with Donald Trump
  • Why Trump is the perfect storm
  • What if Mitt Romney decided to run in May as a third party candidate?
  • Matt’s support of Rand Paul
  • If Trump looses what will happen to the Republican party?
  • How opposing Trump is bad for one’s career in conservative commentary
  • Admired historical leaders
  • Which 3 books have most shaped Matt’s world views
  • What Matt believes that no-one else believes
  • What does Matt hope he will be remembered for?

Two turning points in Matt’s life:

  1. 1998 Becoming a professional campaign manager for the Maryland State Senate Campaign
  2. 1999 Interning and working at The Leadership Institute

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