Episode #193: Did Charlottesville Eclipse Trump’s Moral Authority?

Hilde Restad, a political professor in Oslo, Norway and an observer of American politics, offers her impressions of the demonstrations in and President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and her country was taken over by the Nazis during World War II, which makes her analysis that much more valuable.

Dan Nowicki of the Arizona Republic talks about the open hostility from President Trump towards Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who is up for re-election next year. Trump has encouraged the candidacy of someone challenging Flake from the right in the GOP primary.

Brigid Harrison of Montclair State University discusses the upcoming corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Should he be found guilty — a big “if” — there would be pressure on him to resign, which is the last thing the Democrats want.

And we go back to August of 2008, nine years ago this week, when Barack Obama named Joe Biden as his running mate. Biden, who had made two unsuccessful bids for the presidency, is thought to be considering a third run in 2020.

Photo via Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Music used in this podcast:

Freedom by Ritchie Havens

Madman Across the Water by Elton John

He’s a Rebel by The Crystals 

Sheila by Tommy Roe

Time Is Running Out by Muse

Never Say Never by Justin Bieber featuring Jaden Smith

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