Episode

3/31 Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy w/ Rick Hasen

March 31, 2020

Professor of Law and Political Science Rick Hasen (@RickHasen) joins Sam to discuss his new book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 general election and remaining primaries. Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins Sam for the fun half.

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On today’s show:

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Professor of Law and Political Science Rick Hasen (@RickHasen) joins Sam to discuss his new book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 general election and remaining primaries. As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections on both sides of the aisle. Factors driving this include voter suppression tactics (particularly on the part of Republicabs), pockets of incompetence in election administration (often in large cities controlled by Democrats), and foreign and domestic misinformation campaigns. Hasen goes over how these currents have manifested in recent years and offers some ideas for reforms that might restore people’s faith in the US electoral system.

On the fun half:

Governor of Montana Steve Bullock says he needs test kits, Trump says he hasn’t heard about testing problems. IMAGE: Number of COVID-19 tests performed per 100K People (as of 3/30). Longtime Trump defender Mike Francesa blows up on air at Trump’s Covid-19 failures. My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell gives “dear leader” appreciation speech about Donald Trump at WH press briefing. A caller on the negative political fallout of the crisis. Friday: Evangelical pastor says he will continue services because he has machines that can instantly kill any virus. Sunday: Trump says landlords will “take it easy” for tenants. Workers walk off the job at the Staten Island Amazon warehouse to demand safer conditions. Friday: Union rep tells construction workers they’re free to go, “let’s look out for each other.” Biden says M4A would not help alleviate this crisis, says Covid-19 has not changed his stance on single payer. Sunday: Asked about his statements on governors needs, Trump denies prior statement, says journalists should be nice. A plug for genstrike.org, which is seeking to network a national movement of rent, debt and labor strikes.

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