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What Does Trump’s Post-Election Behavior Tell Us About American Politics?


It’s been a bad few days for Donald Trump’s lawyers, court cases, and political party. But has it been bad for the rest of us as well?

That’s the question dominating the second half of this week’s Reason Roundtable. The first 30 minutes are all about this year’s COVID-tainted Thanksgiving—recipes, serving strategies, tips for sidestepping political conversations, and grisly family traditions (including a “Cranberry Man” you cannot unhear). We also describe what we’re thankful for, in a very on-brand way.

Speaking of which: Got questions for Roundtable podcasters Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward? Please email them to [email protected] before December 1, and we will tackle them during our annual Webathon, which begins at the end of this month. You’ll be glad you did!

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music “Pizzi Waltz” by Kadir Demir.

Relevant links from the show:

A Scathing Ruling Against the Trump Campaign Highlights the Gap Between Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Massive Fraud’ Claim and His Legal Arguments,” by Jacob Sullum

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) Statement on Court Ruling in Trump v. Boockvar Is Worth Reading,” by Jonathan H. Adler

Sidney Powell Now Claims Election Conspiracy Involved Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders,” by Robby Soave

Perils of Trump’s Conspiracy-Mongering About the Election,” by Ilya Somin

Can We Please Be Done with This Already?” by Sasha Volokh

‘This Election Is a Joke,’ Insists Libertarian-Leaning Congressman Andy Biggs,” by Matt Welch

As Trump’s Election Conspiracy Theories Get Crazier, Some Republicans Are Finally Backing Away,” by Eric Boehm

Voters Wisely Chose Divided Federal Government,” by Steven Greenhut

The Voters Eschewed Extremism on Election Day,” by Veronique de Rugy

New York’s COVID-19 Microcluster Whac-A-Mole Game,” by Josh Blackman

Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy Award for His COVID-19 Briefings Is a Disgusting Prioritization of Style Over Substance,” by Christian Britschgi

More Cops Say They Won’t Enforce Coronavirus Curfews,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Why the Hell Don’t We Have Enough Damned COVID-19 Tests After 8 Months of the Pandemic?” by Ronald Bailey

Gavin Newsom’s French Laundry Outing Crystallizes the Arrogance of COVID-19 Dictators,” by Jacob Sullum

Another Wave of Business Closures Devastates the Suffering Restaurant Industry,” by Christian Britschgi

Coronavirus Curfews Are Trending Again, Despite Total Lack of Evidence They Help,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Why Libertarians Should Want More Trust in Government,” by Nick Gillespie

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