May 3, 2020
Ben Fountain is the author of the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Fountain traveled across the country during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to document that political and social disaster as it took place in real time. The result is his most recent book Beautiful Country Burn Again.
Fountain shares how he is trying to remain focused and grounded in these maddening and surreal days of the Trump Pandemic. He also explains that Trump is so powerful and alluring for his followers because the Great Leader is one of the greatest con men in American history. Ben Fountain warns that America will need a second Great Reconstruction if it is to have any hope of remaining a democracy after the damage done by the Trump regime.
Chauncey DeVega reflects on the human zoo that is Trump’s white supremacy-white privilege anti-public health and safety pandemic “protests” in Michigan and other parts of the United States. And Chauncey DeVega shares some hidden history about what Donald Trump really meant by his suggestion that people should inject detergent and other toxic cleaning products into their bodies to fight his pandemic. Hint: it involves “feminine hygiene” and Lysol.
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