Salena Zito: Has Trump truly transformed the US? - The Rundown 5/31

Great guests today!

At 6:10 AM we'll talk with Dr. Ron Daniels, founder and president of Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a progressive, African centered, action oriented Resource Center dedicated to empowering people of African descent and marginalized communities.  We'll talk about whether "reparations" -- meaning huge redistribution of taxpayer money to American blacks -- is a serious concept among his wing of activists, and if so why he thinks it's just. We'll also talk about the Roseanne mess. I first heard of Dr. Daniels in this article which I found very annoying (not that Daniels was annoying but rather the underlying subject matter): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/us/reparations-happy-hour-portland.html

At 7:06 AM we'll talk with NY Post and Washington Examiner reporter Salena Zito. Salena's new book, "The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics" is full of interesting insights and attempts to answer a key question: Does the election of Donald Trump represent a temporary tremor or an earthquake that reshapes American politics for some time to come?

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Revolt-Populist-Coalition-Reshaping/dp/1524763683

While President Trump couldn't stay away from the Roseanne Barr story, he did in in a way that (in typical fashion) made it all about him and which didn't really suggest that Roseanne's arguably racist tweet that caused ABC to cancel her successful show was OK.

 

It would be easy to make jokes about President Trump meeting with Kim Kardashian, but the female reality TV star came to talk to the male reality TV star about an important issue: prison and sentencing reform, long an issue of focus for Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). 

Kardashian also brought to Trump's attention the horrendous injustice which Alice Johnson continues to suffer through, and which President Trump should end as soon as possible: a life sentence for a non-violent first-offense drug crime:
http://www.candoclemency.com/alice-marie-johnson/

 

What's wrong with President Trump's endorsement of Congressman Dan Donovan (facing a primary challenge from former Rep Michael Grimm who served time in prison for felony tax evasion)? Read the tweet and then continue...

 

In fact, Donovan was one of only about a dozen House Republicans who voted AGAINST the Republican tax cuts.

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