The latest episode of The Axe Files with David Axelrod
– the political podcast only available on Luminary – features an
in-depth interview with legendary journalist Bob Woodward. The
hour-long episode of The Axe Files with David Axelrod is live and
available on Luminary today. It was recorded live at the University of
Chicago Institute of Politics on May 29th.
In the interview, Woodward draws parallels between Nixon and Trump, and
states, “If you look at it what Trump has done, you can draw a
straight line from Nixon to Trump. Trump has legitimized hate and he has
said it is acceptable in American politics.”
He also tells Axelrod, “We are at a pivot point in history about how
we are going to deal with the legitimization of hate in American
On the state of the mood at the Pentagon, Woodward adds, “There is a
meeting I reported on which… it was not in the book because it’s more
recent…where the generals and admirals are meeting, and the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs says, ‘You know, the only institution in America that’s
working is the military.’ And I think there’s some truth to that, but
the president is Commander in Chief. And, as we know, presidents can
essentially start wars all on their own. So it’s a really important
question: ‘What is the temperature everywhere? It’s high anxiety.’”
Woodward shares insights with Axelrod from his four-decade career in
journalism spanning nine presidencies – including what it was like to
break the Watergate scandal alongside Carl Bernstein, parallels
between Presidents Nixon and Trump, and how the media landscape
has evolved. His latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House,
chronicles in detail life inside Donald Trump’s White House.
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