Posts tagged Donald Trump

In the news: A Trump indictment may help Trump

I spoke to Politico about how an indictment of former President Trump may end up helping Trump and harming the entire GOP.

Sensing an opening, Trump’s campaign began to turn the impending indictment into a litmus test for the rest of the field: either defend the ex-president, they warned, or be labeled a leftist sympathizer.

Even Trump’s GOP detractors began to see the writing on the wall.

“He’s become the new Teflon president,” said Michael Brodkorb, a former deputy chair of the Minnesota Republican Party and a longtime critic of Trump. “He is someone who has built his entire political empire on being the victim all the time, and being the martyr, and this is just another example.”

For the duration of the Trump era, Trump has sought to turn one seemingly disqualifying scandal after another into his benefit. Sometimes he’s succeeded (the Access Hollywood tape was not the dagger everyone expected it to be), sometimes he’s struggled (the aftermath of the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 remains largely unkind). In each case, he’s survived.

Click here to read the complete story from Politico.

BDBB – Interview with Sen. Erin Maye Quade

On this episode of The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky, Michael Brodkorb and Becky Scherr break down the following:

  • Political developments at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
  • Why former President Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP race for president.
  • An interview with Sen. Erin Maye Quade on progress at the Minnesota State Capitol.

The Break Down with Brodkorb and Becky will return with a new episode next week.

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TBR – The Brodkorb Report Holiday Special

In this special holiday episode of The Brodkorb Report, Becky and I welcome the return of Todd Walker. Becky and I discuss breaking news about the recommendations made by the January 6th Committee that the Justice Departmant pursue criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. Next, Becky and I talk about the ongoing turmoil at Twitter.

Next, Becky and I turn the tables on Todd by talking with him about his recent travels and work as a travel journalist. Becky and I share our holiday traditions, and Todd recommends holiday events in the Twin Cities.

The Brodkorb Report will return next week with a new episode.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: This is our eighth podcast episode. I think this is our best audio quality to date. As we’ve said before, we’re committed to producing a high-quality podcast – with great content. We’re making technical adjustments each week. We plan on releasing an episode every week for the foreseeable future, and we’re booking fantastic guests for upcoming shows.

Finally, I thank Becky and Todd for their contributions, ideas, and hard work. The podcast wouldn’t work without their voices and insight – nobody wants to listen to me talk to myself. Thanks again for listening!

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TBR – The Great Thanksgiving Debate!

In the lasted episode of The Brodkorb Report, Becky Alery and I discuss the recent Republican Jewish Coalition’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas and what it means for the GOP presidential race in 2024.

We next discuss the announcement by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy that he will remove Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar from serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee when he becomes Speaker. We also discuss the political reality of Democrats pushing for a lame-duck session of Congress to pass amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Todd Walker asks Becky and me for our reaction to Elon Musk’s decision to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

In the final segment of this episode, we all have a heated and passionate debate on when food should be served on Thanksgiving day.  Links to subscribe to The Brodkorb Report are available below.

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TBR – Emmer, Trump, and the MNGOP

In the lasted episode of The Brodkorb Report, Becky Alery and I discuss the election of Minnesota 6th District Congressman Tom Emmer to serve as House Republican Majority Whip for the 118th Congress. We next have a lively talk about the announcement by former President Trump that he will run for president again in 2022.

The subject of the future of the Republican Party of Minnesota led to a vibrant debate. Becky and I closed this episode by discussing future guests on the program and requesting that listeners of the show offer suggestions. Links to subscribe to The Brodkorb Report are available below.

Please listen to the latest episode and let me know your thoughts!

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TBR – Election Recap

In the latest episode of The Brodkorb Report, Becky Alery and I discuss the results of the 2022 elections. Becky gives her blunt assessment of the possibility of former President Donald Trump running for president in 2024. The Brodkorb Report will be available in the coming weeks on all podcast platforms.

Please listen to the latest episode below and let me know your thoughts!

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In the news: Breaking up with Trump

I spoke to Politico about the need for Republicans to move past Donald Trump and how Republicans have made this difficult.

Trump has survived bad election nights before, often by denying the results themselves. He still has not conceded his own loss in 2020 to Joe Biden — a denialism that has reached many elected officials in his party. On Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, a similar wave of election conspiracy theorizing erupted online to dismiss the idea that the midterms had been any sort of repudiation of Trump, let alone a lackluster night for Republicans.

In part, for this reason, some GOP operatives argued, it would remain difficult to imagine Trump being dethroned any time soon as the party’s kingmaker.

“It’s like telling your kid they need to go clean their room, and they deny the room exists,” explained Michael Brodkorb, a former deputy chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

“Donald Trump should be politically dead. They should recognize that,” he said. “But of course, they won’t … That’s the beauty of not living in the real world.”

Click here to read the complete story from Politico.