Divided Politics in America
Guests: Grant Madsen, PhD, BYU 20th Century US History Professor; Chris Karpowitz, PhD, BYU Political Science Professor
When Donald Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan at Republican Headquarters in DC last week, the cable news outlets covered it like a mix of a major boxing match and a meeting between heads of state. Wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s arrival to meet with members of his own party and the colorful protests raging outside the building, underscore just how bizarre this election feels at times. Now that wealthy businessman Donald Trump is the last candidate standing and apparent Republican nominee, the ongoing thread in media coverage is that the Republican Party is a house divided. Speaker Ryan has yet to officially endorse Trump. The two former Republican Presidents still living – George H.W. and George W. Bush – have declined to endorse Trump. You can find tallies in the political press of who’s backing him and who’s not.
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