November 9 - How Much Further Will Trump Move America to the Right?; The Historian Who Predicted a Trump Win; Trump Won the Election Campaigning on Democratic Issues

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Part 1

We begin with the seismic overnight political change in America following an election that hands all branches of government to the Republicans who will put their stamp on a reactionary and corporatist Supreme Court that will last for decades. With Trump’s inner circle members of the self-described alt-right and his campaign having attracted and motivated white nationalists and white supremacists, we look into how much the Trump Administration will move the country to the right. Chip Berlet, an investigative journalist and the senior analyst at Political Research Associates who is the co-author of “Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort” and editor of “Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash”, joins us. We discuss the likelihood that fears of a right wing insurrection have receded with a Trump victory but might return if the legitimate anger felt by white working class voters who are protesting a rigged system in the hope that the political swamp will be drained is not met with genuine reform and income inequality is not addressed.

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Part 2

Then we touch base with Allan Lichtman, an historian at American University who has studied both the American Right and the presidency and is the author of “The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Way to Predicting the Next President”, a system that has correctly predicted the outcomes of all U.S. presidential elections since 1984. He joins us to take credit for accurately predicting a Trump victory when all the pollsters and pundits (including me) assumed that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump since he had managed to insult and alienate so many minorities and women in particular.

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Part 3

Then finally we discuss the irony that Donald Trump won the election campaigning on traditionally Democratic issues winning key rustbelt states that have for decades been working class Democratic strongholds. Gar Alperovitz, an historian, political economist, activist, writer and government official joins us. The author of “What Must We Do”, he was a Legislative Director of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and a Special Assistant in the Department of State and is the co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland.

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