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FEATURING BILL SCHNEIDER – Our current political moment in the United States seems to be unprecedented. We have the type of president this nation has never ever seen – one who has refused to divest from his many businesses and thrives on conflicts of interest, who is under active investigation by the Justice Department, and who has actively encouraged a mob mentality among his base against people of color, immigrants, women, and other minorities. Those who support Donald Trump do so at all costs and have a diametrically opposed view of reality to the rest of America.

How did the US come to become so polarized? One journalist and academic who has covered every Presidential race since 1964 has written a book attempting to answer this question.

NOTE: This is the Extended version of this interview, available only to our subscribers, or to rent or buy.

Bill Schneider, Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, Visiting Professor at UCLA, Brandies University, and Boston College. He has written for the LA Times, the New Republic, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, and more. He was CNN’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009 and has been a contributor to Al Jazeera English since 2012. He has covered every Presidential election since 1964. His new book is called Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable.

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