Stay Tuned: Winning in the Age of Trump & Twitter (with 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 articleHoward Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From Itself

–       Frum’s articleHow to Build an Autocracy

–       Frum’s articleWaterloo

–       Frum’s bookTrumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

–       Frum’s debate with Steve Bannon, The Rise of Populism, at Munk Debates

–        Daniel Boorstin’s bookThe 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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