More Job Losses, More Incompetence

The David Pakman Show - May 28, 2020

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You Were Wrong: Trump Didn't Cause Progressive Change

Back during the 2016 election cycle, there were people on the left who said Donald Trump becoming president would be better than Hillary Clinton becoming president for the progressive movement. The idea was that while a Clinton presidency would reinforce the status quo, a Trump presidency would shake things up, accelerate the damage being done to the country, and pave the way for a progressive president to take charge. This strategy did not work in 2016, yet there are some on the left who want to try it again in 2020 by deciding not to cast a ballot for Joe Biden.

The lessons of history show us that the largest waves of progressive change in America happened over long periods of time. The Progressive era at the turn of the 20th century, the New Deal era of the 1930s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s are strong examples. They did not result from a “break it all down to build it back up” approach but rather incremental changes through legislation and the courts. While Joe Biden would not be a progressive champion as president, he would be much more likely to send the country in a leftward direction than four more years of Donald Trump.

SHOCK: Hannity Scolds Partiers Over Masks, Defends George Floyd

Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity scolded Missouri partiers for not wearing masks and seemed to criticize the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd. On the masks, Hannity astutely pointed out that if the party-goers get the virus and are “in contact with older and more vulnerable Americans, that could be a disaster for others.” About the killing of George Floyd, Hannity said even a rudimentary training session in martial arts could have taught the officer to be aware of the danger of compressing someone’s neck.

These are quite rare and very interesting moments of clarity on Sean Hannity's program. A cyclical view would be that he’s doing this because Fox News is worried about getting sued over their coverage of the virus. Whatever the reason is, we will take it. This doesn’t excuse Hannity’s years of dishonest and dangerous commentary. But there’s a chance that Hannity can pierce through the right-wing echo-chamber and change a few minds about topics like social distancing and police brutality.

--More on the show:

--Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) joins David to discuss Joe Biden's Vice Presidential running mate, and why Khanna believes it should be Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

--Another 2+ million jobs have been lost in the last week, and the first quarter GDP declined is revised to a 5% decline

--Donald Trump will no doubt try to cheat in the 2020 election, and the important question is whether he will succeed

--Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II says that Donald Trump is clearly preparing to challenge the Presidential election results in Michigan if he were to lose in November

--Voicemail caller from Germany doesn't understand how and why Donald Trump gets away with telling so many lies

--On the Bonus Show: Demands explode for Minneapolis officers to be charged, Republican Senators no longer being investigated for insides trading, FL Gov wants to cancel ex-felon voting, much more...

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