How Hard Is It to Be a Conservative Right Now?


The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic. It’s our new daily podcast trying to make longterm sense out of the chaos of today’s global crisis.

On today’s episode, John J. Pitney, Jr., conservative commentator and author of Un-American: The Fake Patriotism of Donald J. Trump , discusses why it is so hard in the Trump age to separate reality and the fake.

From the episode:

Article continues after advertisement

Andrew Keen: What does Trump bring out in traditional Republicans that makes you so angry and so outraged?

John J. Pitney, Jr.: He contradicts so much of what the country stands for and what the party purported to stand for. He has explicitly said that he doesn’t believe that all men are created equal, and that is a foundational belief in the United States when it comes to Republicans. He has trashed Ronald Reagan. He’s trashed the things that Ronald Reagan stood for.

Take the North American Free Trade Agreement. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that was Ronald Reagan’s idea. In fact, it was the issue with which he started his 1980 campaign. I remember when I was a staffer on Capitol Hill during the 1980s, I spent a lot of time arguing in various writings for the Republicans for the merits of free trade, and I felt very good about that because I thought we had a very, very solid case. And Trump throws it all away.

Also, during the 1980s, we like to think of ourselves as being very realistic and hardheaded about the Soviet Union. Now we have a president who is a Vladimir Putin fanboy. That in particular has driven a lot of former Republicans into a different political place.

Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you find your podcasts!

Article continues after advertisement


Conservative Commentator John J. Pitney Jr. frequently writes for USA Today, The National Review, Claremont Review of Books, and other publications and is frequently interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets. He teaches political science at Claremont McKenna College and resides in Claremont, California.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Step Into Fall With Colourful Confidence: SOREL Unveils Its Vibrant 2023 Caribou X Collection
United Airlines pilots approve new contract with up to 40% raises
Dustie Waring’s Lawyer Issues Statement on Return to BTBAM
Joe Jonas’ Lawyer Says Sophie Turner Wants UK Judge to Handle Divorce
V.I.P. 25 Years Later – Faking It Until You Make It

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *