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Episode 62 -

How the Republican Party Became the Trump Party with Bill Kristol (Part One)

Political commentator Bill Kristol joins to discuss the insurrection, Trump-ism, and the Biden infrastructure plan .


William Kristol is editor-at-large of The Bulwark. He was a founder of The Weekly Standard, and is a regular guest on leading political commentary shows. Prior to his work at The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, an organization that helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. From 1985 to 1993, Kristol served as chief of staff to Education Secretary William Bennett in the Reagan Administration and as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle in the George H. W. Bush administration. Before coming to Washington, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.


Episode Timestamps:

1:45 A path to a Republican party that focuses on governing.

2:24 How we can get to a Republican party we can appreciate.

3:32 Republican tactics

5:04 Republican “Recovery”

7:04 Trump wasn’t always radical

8:41 How it progressed (The Trump Agenda)

11:20 Trump was a Cash Cow

12:27 Break One

12:51 Where we are today

16:57 Bill Kristol “Do Overs”

19:30 How we got here

22:05 The Present Trump Party

25:30 The Loss of Political Integrity

27:45 Break Two

28:40 For Biden or Against Trump?

30:04 The Capitol Storming and Republican Accountability Project

35:57 Changing a Political Party

38:42 Politicians and Governing

40:04 Closing Comments for Part One


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Hosted by: Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht

Produced by: Joey Salvia

Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick

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