Partisanship and Racism from the Bully Pulpit

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. Photo credit: Mary F. Calvert/Reuters

Ronald Reagan said, “You can live in France, but you cannot become a Frenchman.” But, “You can come to live in America and become an American.” President Trump is telling Congresswomen of color, “Go back where you came from,” even though they are US citizens born in this country and elected to public office. Veteran Republican strategist Stuart Stevens explains why GOP officer holders aren’t speaking out. Journalism Professor Dan Gillmor says journalists are “normalizing the abnormal” by simply reporting what the President says. Historian Tim Naftali compares Trump’s use of the Bully Pulpit to that of past presidents.   

Credits

Guests:
Stuart Stevens - Strategic Partners & Media - @stuartpstevens, Dan Gillmor - Arizona State University - @dangillmor, Tim Naftali - New York University - @TimNaftali

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Andrea Brody