Well. That whole thing about the Electoral College stopping Trump didn’t work out, did it? Dan Savage and Rich Smith give Eli Sanders some deserved reality checks regarding last week’s Great Hope for Resisting Trump, and right after that... It’s on to this week’s Great Hope for Resisting Trump! His name is Ezra Levin, he’s a former Democratic Congressional aide who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party firsthand, and he’s one of the authors of a free, open-sourced guide to using Tea Party tactics to stop Trump that’s gone viral in recent days. The guide’s called “Indivisible,” you can find it at www.indivisibleguide.com, and Eli talks to Ezra about its ideas. After that, Dan, Rich, and Eli talk about whether we really want to race Republicans to the moral rock-bottom when it comes to political combat (can you guess who’s more than ready for that race to start?) and whether we have any choice at this point. Finally, Stranger Social Media Manager Jessica Fu is back to explain Facebook’s plan to solve the fake news problem—and to answer Eli and Rich’s questions about whether the plan’s any good. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
We have a real live Electoral College member on this week’s podcast! His name is Bret Chiafalo, he has a plan to block a Donald Trump presidency, and he shares it with me and Rich Smith. Get out your copy of the Constitution, grab your Federalist Papers, and fire up your calculator. The Electoral College votes on December 19th and, if the plan being hatched by Chiafalo and his “Hamilton Electors” movement works, we’re in for a wild, historic ride. After that: Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman ever elected to the US House. She’s been described as another Elizabeth Warren, and she’s on to talk about what she’ll be fighting for in DC and how the progressive left can dust itself off, cast aside its bickering and “Oppression Olympics” tendencies, and keep on doing good work. Finally, Stranger film writer Charles Mudede discusses the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, and what it teaches about political resistance. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
After last week’s show we got a call from Robert. He’s 25 years old and feels pretty pessimistic about the future these days. So on this week’s show we try to give Robert some reasons to hope. (Or, failing that, some sense that the left, the country, and the planet are not irrevocably doomed in the age of Trump.) First up: Dan Savage and Sydney Brownstone, who talk about how to snatch optimism from the jaws of despondency. Next: Zach Silk, a liberal political operative who really, truly believes the left has a chance to make big political gains under a Trump presidency. And finally: Rich Smith talks to me about my current hope against hope, which is that the Electoral College will save us on December 19th. Come on, Electoral College! Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.