DAVID FRUM SHOW NOTES
Interview taped on 1/29/19.
David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic, and author of nine books, most recently Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. He served as a speechwriter and special assistant to the George W. Bush, and served as a senior adviser to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.
On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet and David cover a wide range of topics, including:
– “Made for social media” moments and Frum’s rules for engagement on Twitter
– The stability of America’s institutions
– Trump’s handling of the shutdown and what it revealed about the president’s strengths and weaknesses
– What should be up for debate in modern society
– The challenges facing 2020 candidates
Supplement for various references made in the episode:
– Frum’s twitter account
– Frum’s website
– Frum’s article, Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From Itself
– Frum’s article, How to Build an Autocracy
– Frum’s article, Waterloo
– Frum’s book: Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
– Frum’s debate with Steve Bannon, The Rise of Populism, at Munk Debates
– Daniel Boorstin’s book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
– Ian Bremmer’s interview on Stay Tuned
– Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media boot camp for the Democratic Caucus – read about it here.
– The viral video of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college and her response as a Congressman
– Chief Justice John Roberts’ rebuke of Trump’s attacks on the judiciary
– A Newsweek article on the ABA ratings of Trump’s judicial nominee
– The demographics of Trump judicial nominees
– Mitt Romney’s 47% remark
– Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” remark
– The Post-ABC Tracking poll that found voters believed Trump to be more honest than Clinton
– Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s quintessential political statement, “conscription if necessary…not necessarily conscription”
– The 1992 Presidential Debate between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot (the specific moment Frum references starts at 50:10)
– The Black voter turn-out in the 2008 and 2012 elections
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