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