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Ralph talks to Mark Green about the book they co-authored, entitled “Fake President,” which has been described as “an incisive, witty roadmap into the disinformation and betrayals of President Trump—just in time for the impeachment hearings and the 2020 election.” Plus, Ralph and Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein discuss how Congress has abdicated its duty to set a high bar for presidential conduct.

Mark Green is a former Nader’s Raider, who ran Public Citizen’s Congress Watch for ten years. He was elected New York City’s first Public Advocate and in the wake of the 9/11 attack, lost a very tight race for mayor of New York to current presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg. An author and a radio and TV commentator, Mark founded and ran the Twitter handle @ShadowingTrump, consisting of 21 leading national progressive scholars and former officials. And now he and Ralph have collaborated on a new book entitled Fake President: Decoding Trump’s Gaslighting, Corruption, and General Bullshit.

Why do they (Trump voters) vote for someone who hurts them? What is their motivation? This is not just psychobabble.  Forty percent of Americans have been hypnotized by the David Blaine of politics, Donald Trump.”

Mark Green, co-author of “Fake President: Decoding Trump’s Gaslighting, Corruption, and General Bullshit”

Bruce Fein is a Constitutional scholar, who was Associate Deputy Attorney General under Ronald Reagan. Mr. Fein has been a visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia. He is author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire: Before the Fall.

(Congress) was clearly thought to be the primary branch of government. That’s why you could have a president like John Quincy Adams once he left the presidency become a member of Congress. It’s where he had his brightest hours protesting the gag rule on petitions to end slavery. You can’t conceive now of a president ever descending to Congress, given all the power it has surrendered to the other branches of government.” 

Bruce Fein on the impeachment of Donald Trump

RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR EP 301 TRANSCRIPT (Right click to download)


  1. Afdal Shahanshah says:

    Again I’d like to point out that instant runoff voting is one of the worst of all ranked voting methods and DOES NOT MAKE THIRD PARTIES COMPETITIVE. Every municipality and country that has adopted IRV including Ireland, Malta, and Australia (since 1919!) has completely failed to dismantle two-party systems in the parts of government which use it. The problem is that IRV still in fact has plenty of incentives to vote tactically, and in fact manifests a number of new pathologies that even plurality voting doesn’t have. It is not in fact true that it’s always safe to vote honestly with IRV, especially not when 3+-way races are actually serious. These new pathologies can be so upsetting to the electorate that they can move to repeal IRV and return to plurality voting (see 2009 Burlington, Vermont mayoral election), effectively making IRV function as the Trojan Horse of electoral reform. It’s not good enough to empower third parties, and can trick people into thinking that voting method reform doesn’t matter. BETTER alternative voting methods exist and any progressive truly interested in building a functioning multi-party democracy has a responsibility to learn about IRV’s flaws and about the superior alternatives that exist. Please, PLEASE learn about better methods like Approval and Score voting. This issue is too important to get wrong.

    With regards to the other discussion, Americans have been pummeled into the ground by the good cop-bad cop routine of the two parties of capital for decades and they’re desperate to put their hopes into something, anything, that seems different. It’s just that simple. If you refuse to address this and instead can only focus on the deceit of Trump, the next sociopathic strongman will be worse. This isn’t simply a matter of enforcing the laws of office (you’re delusional if you think the Democrats are going to do that–Nancy Pelosi is a war criminal complicit in the Bush-era torture program), it’s about having a real opposition that actually fights for things the people want.

    Also shame on you for letting Green slip in that ridiculous Russiagate garbage without any pushback! Putin didn’t kick millions of Americans out of their houses while bailing out the big banks and not sending a single executive to jail. The evidence-free Third Red Scare pushed by ranking Democrats and their lackeys in the media is EXACTLY why Trump’s approval ratings went UP over the past three years instead of down like they should have. Everyone can see that it’s an obvious lie and it makes people distrust Trump critics when they bring up actual legitimate criticisms.

  2. Don klepack says:

    I supported Mark Green for Mayor and can not wait to read his book. Actually was a Trump hater because of his TV Show The Apprentice and the horrible tag line “Your Fired”. Would never vote for Trump but no longer a Trump hater and predicted he would win in 2016, mostly based of Michael Moore’s documentary Trump Land.

    I agree with Steve, that the only way Trump will lose in 2020 is if the Democrats have an Alternative Vision. I disagree with Mark that Trump will lose if you can persuade 10% of people who didn’t vote, to vote democratic

    The Alternative for Democrats right now is Tulsi Gabbard (no Regime Change Wars and bring voters together including Independents and some Republicans. Warren and Sanders makes sense to me but they need to do it with promoted income equality and stop hating on Trump,

  3. Tara Carreon says:

    I really wish you’d stop having this guy on your show, Ralph. He always talks the same old Democratic Party line. It is SO boring. With all the other worthy people clamoring to get on the Ralph Nader Radio Show, why the same old Democratic Party hacks over and over again? I think Thomas Paine’s statement on kingly succession rightly applies to the Democratic party now:

    “There was a time when kings disposed of their crowns by will upon their death-beds, and consigned the people, like beasts of the field, to whatever successor they appointed. This is now so exploded as scarcely to be remembered, and so monstrous as hardly to be believed.” — Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine.

    As Ralph has so beautifully proved, nothing good will ever happen in America unless we have viable third parties in this country.

    Vote a third party ticket, every election, no matter what, for the good of our country. I vote Green.

    • Afdal Shahanshah says:

      The problem is not so much “viability” (though the Greens could certainly use some restructuring to be a more powerful force, see Howie Hawkins’s plan), Tara. The problem is a set of structural constraints that give us a two-party system in the first place. Anyone interested in having competitive third parties needs to be an activist for voting method reform and/or proportional representation. Duverger’s Law is the central issue of our electoral dysfunction. And the Greens in particular have got to finally get this instant runoff voting garbage out of their platform already and push for an alternative voting method that can actually get them elected like approval or score voting.

    • Mark Hughes says:

      I’m with you in spirit, Tara. But this is American politics we’re talking about, a system in which there is enough capital to corrupt 3rd, 4th, and Nth parties. The 2-party system is against it in no small part because those Nth parties would divert a huge revenue stream toward them and thereby away from the traditional 2 party duopoly. As someone whose name I can’t recall correctly said, “we don’t have an electoral system, we have a system of legalized bribery”. Or something along those lines. And I think it was Chomsky who stated 3rd parties won’t solve the deeper problems in American politics. However, at this point I can’t in good conscience be against more political parties, generally speaking.

    • Jim Brasile says:

      Ralph ! Get Cenk Uyger on your show!! I agree with most of what Tara said above was a Green for awhile but caught on to Justice Democrates and the progressive left of the Democratic party. Cenk is now running for CA-25. I have asked a few times that he be on your show. It would be great if Greens had thought of helping Bernie get the nomination but they and other independents are locked out of primaries and caucausus I believe. Peace