July 3 - Trump's Bogus Election Commission; Where Is the Strategy to Counter Trump?

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Part 1

We begin on this 4th of July holiday with an analysis of the foundation of America’s democracy, our electoral system that has been under attack by the Russians and is now being attacked by the Trump Administration in order to prove an outrageous and unsupported claim by Trump that 5 million illegals voted in the last election which was why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million. Andrew Gumbel, an award-winning investigative reporter and author of “Down For the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America” joins us to discuss the bogus commission that Donald Trump has set up chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who is the country’s leading crusader against the imaginary scourge of voter fraud. Needless to say, Trump’s commission which is not looking into the role of the Russian hacking of our election but is comprised of voter-suppression zealots, will be using the specter of voter fraud to deny the votes of minorities who vote Democratic as has already happened in Kobach’s Kansas. We also look into why the majority of the nation’s Secretaries of State have rejected the commission’s demand for personal data on voter’s voting habits, partial social security numbers and other personal data which will be housed on an unsecured website.

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Part 2

Then we examine further Trump’s partisan electoral purge and the abuse of the power of the presidency where the delusions of an insecure narcissist still obsessed with his loss in the popular vote, who championed an earlier witch hunt against Obama based on the lie that Obama did not have a birth certificate, is now commissioning a wild goose chase that could end up a cover for voter suppression. Michael Lewis-Beck, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, whose interests include comparative elections, election forecasting, political economy and quantitative methodology, joins us to investigate the lack of a strategy to counter the Trump disaster on the part of Democrats, too many of whom are invested in the notion that Trump will be impeached. We discuss the lack of an alternative narrative of what the Democrats would replace Trump with in terms of a vision of a better America for all and leadership that could heal the country’s divisions and bring America back to greatness.