1/28 The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson & the Dream of a Just Nation w/ Brenda Wineapple

January 28, 2020

As the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues into its eighth day, Sam is joined by historian Brenda Wineapple to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

On today’s show: March 2018: Lou Dobbs excited to welcome John Bolton back to White House. Lou Dobbs last night: John Bolton is a tool for the “radical Dims and the deep state.”

Historian Brenda Wineapple joins us to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just NationWith the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his VP Andrew Johnson became an unlikely successor to the president widely credited with ending chattel slavery in the US. Johnson then proceeded to use his executive powers to oppose many aspects of Reconstruction, pardoning rebel leaders and defying the will of Congress. Wineapple examines this history, from how Johnson ended up as Lincoln’s VP in the first place, to his use of executive power to uphold white supremacy, to the precedent set by the Senate’s verdict not to remove him from office. This history seems especially relevant in light of current events.

On the fun half: Country singer John Rich tries to stop a school from teaching about white privilege. Chris Matthews says Bernie wouldn’t stop his car to help an average person. Counterpoint: Woman in wheelchair recounts how Bernie helped her avoid getting hit by a car. Steve Rattner on the need for a viable centrist to stop Sanders. Rattner says there’s a lot of activity to stop Bernie. Pete Buttigieg, with a straight face: “Polls show I’m the best candidate to take on Trump.” Buttigieg remembers Kobe Bryant’s excellence on the basketball field. Ben Shapiro says Bernie would’ve aligned with USSR (hence Nazis) in WW2. Jay Sekulow’s brother Jordan, 37, is drunk on TV. Sean Hannity says conspiracy to commit murder is not a crime. Pete Hegseth says the 21st century is 25 days old. Josh from Chicago gives an on-the-ground report re: canvassing for Bernie in Iowa.

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