I once again joined BBC‘s Anthony Zurcher along with Susan Glasser of POLITICO and Charlie Spiering from Breitbart News to decipher President Trump’s tweets for our friends across the pond.
Link here via BBC World Service, or listen to the full segment below.
Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter and his guests in Washington DC discuss the President Trump’s reactions to the Florida school shooting and calls for gun control, as well as the latest developments in the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election.
Josh, Liam, and Paul react to the tumultuous past 24 hours of on-again-off-again steel and aluminum tariff announcements from the Administration. We break down the context and history of the proposed tariffs and the President’s tweeted claims that trade wars are “easy to win.”
I spoke with Ron Brownstein of The Atlantic about GOP tax cuts and the midterm elections:
The comparable risk for Democrats this year is that they will be caught in an endless succession of Trump-centered battles—both cultural (guns, immigration) and personal (Russia, White House chaos)—and fail to effectively challenge the GOP claim that its tax-cut plan is benefiting average families. Republicans expect that if voters believe the party is putting more money in their pockets, even many people recoiling from Trump’s performance will still vote to maintain GOP control of Congress.
That’s why so many Republican strategists believe that talking up the tax plan is the key to avoiding a worse-case scenario this fall. “For Republicans, it’s absolutely the most important thing,” said Liam Donovan, a GOP lobbyist close to the party’s congressional-campaign strategists. “There are other things they can’t control—this is something they can.”
Republicans have largely succeeded in convincing the American people that the new tax law is good for the economy in the abstract. But the extent to which it will be an electoral winner–or meaningful mitigator–depends on voters appreciating the direct impact on their paycheck and their families. In that regard they still need to close the sale.
You can read the full piece here.