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The Lincoln Project

The Lincoln Project

American politics is in crisis. Together, the founders of The Lincoln Project have spent over 200 years electing Republicans. But now, they?ve sparked a nationwide movement with a singular mission: To defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism. Ron Steslow hosts fellow political experts Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Mike Madrid, Rick Wilson, and John Weaver, and more as they defy their party and reveal how Trump will be defeated, discuss what?s at stake in the 2020 election, and share the stories of voters all across America who are putting country over party.

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State of the Vote: 8 Days Until Election Day & How Georgia Could Tip The Scale

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and political director Zack Czajkowski to discuss the national political map and the state of the vote in Georgia as we head into the last week of this election.
2020-10-26
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Donald Trump?s Last Debate Ever

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Rick Wilson to break down the final debate in this presidential election.
2020-10-24
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Explained: The Presidential Transfer of Power

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt to discuss the history of presidential transitions dating back to 1797, why the presidential concession is a corner stone of American democracy, and why the results of the election must be honored in this election.
2020-10-21
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State of the Vote: Iowa is in Play

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid to talk about the electoral map across the country, illegal ballot boxes in California, and why Iowa is in play for the presidential and senate races.
2020-10-19
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Crazy Uncle in Chief and the SCOTUS Nomination Hearings?The Weekly Roundup

Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Steve Schmidt to discuss the Trump and Biden town halls and the Supreme Court Nomination hearings.
2020-10-17
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Carly Fiorina on Trump?s Failure of Leadership

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with former Republican candidate for President Carly Fiorina to talk about the importance of character in leadership. They discuss why she for Donald Trump in 2016, her support for impeachment, and why she has now endorsed Joe Biden for President?because of her principles, not despite them. You can find more information about Carly and her work at CarlyFiorina.com
2020-10-14
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State of the Vote: Why Texas is a Toss-up

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke about the state of the vote around the country and why Joe Biden might be the first Democratic Presidential Candidate to win Texas since 1976.
2020-10-12
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The VP Debate and the Superspreader in Chief - Weekly Roundup

Sarah Lenti, Susan Del Percio, and Mike Madrid join host Ron Steslow to break down the Vice Presidential Debate and Donald Trump becoming a coronavirus superspreader.
2020-10-09
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The Hidden Battle Against COVID-19?Part 2

In the second episode of a two-part series, host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to emergency room physicians Dan Barkhuff, Natasha Kathuria, and Murtaza Akhter about how the polarization around the pandemic affects medical care and how minority communities are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.
2020-10-08
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The Hidden Battle Against COVID-19?Part 1

In the first episode of a two-part series, host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to emergency room physicians Dan Barkhuff, Natasha Kathuria, and Murtaza Akhter about their experiences fighting the coronavirus on the ground.
2020-10-07
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State of the Vote: The Battle for the Sunshine State

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to his fellow co-founders Mike Madrid and Rick Wilson about the current state of the vote across the country and how the election is shaping up in Florida.
2020-10-05
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The Worst Presidential Debate - Weekly Round Up

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founders Reed Galen and Steve Schmidt, and Lincoln Project senior advisor Tara Setmayer to break down the key moments from the first presidential debate.
2020-10-02
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The World?s Most Dangerous Man

Mary Trump joins host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow to talk about how Donald Trump?s lies and bullying impact the American people and her new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World?s Most Dangerous Man.
2020-09-30
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State of the Vote: Arizona and Trump?s New Running Mate

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Lucy Caldwell, political strategist and former Senior Political Advisor for the Goldwater Institute, about the current state of the vote across the country and how a Cindy McCain endorsement could impact the race in Arizona
2020-09-28
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The Notorious RBG and the Presidential Transfer of Power - The Weekly Roundup

Our host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to co-founder Reed Galen, Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti, and Orin Kerr, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law about the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her legacy, and the impact a Supreme Court vacancy may have on the Presidential Election. They also discuss Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the Election. 
2020-09-25
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Agents of Chaos: Russian Election Interference in 2016 and Now

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to renowned documentarian Alex Gibney and cyber conflict researcher Camille François about how Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election and what Russia is doing right now to influence the outcome of this election. Gibney directed the two-part documentary Agents of Chaos which premieres on HBO and HBO MAX on September 23 and 24 at 9 PM ET.
2020-09-23
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State of the Vote: The ?Hope Gap? in the Rust Belt

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid about how the vote is shaping up in this election and what to watch for in Pennsylvania and other Rust Belt states that started distributing ballots last week. 
2020-09-21
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Woodward Tapes, America?s Global Decline, and Voter Access - The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to Reed Galen, Susan Del Percio, and Sarah Lenti on this week?s roundup. They discuss the most recent tapes of Donald Trump?s conversations with Bob Woodward, how the global opinion of the United States has plummeted under Donald Trump, and two victories for ballot access this week.
2020-09-18
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Explained: Why We Need to Win the Senate

In our latest Explained episode, host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founder Rick Wilson to break down how Trumpism has taken hold in the Republican-controlled Senate and why we need to elect patriots to protect our democracy.
2020-09-16
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State of the Vote: The Kickoff

In our first State of the Vote Episode, our host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Lincoln Project Political Director Zack Czajkowski about how the 2020 election is underway. They discuss the state of the electoral map across the country and the early results we?re seeing as voters in North Carolina mail in their ballots.
2020-09-14
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Trump's Worst Lie Yet?The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founders Jennifer Horn and Mike Madrid to weigh in on the stunning revelations in Bob Woodward's new book: that Trump knew the coronavirus was deadly in February and lied to the American people.
2020-09-12
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The Rise of Radicalism Under Donald Trump

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow co-founder Steve Schmidt and senior advisor Stuart Stevens to break down how political polarization has evolved into radicalization and violence during Trump?s presidency.
2020-09-10
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Explained: Vote Counting & The Election Results Delay

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founder Mike Madrid to break down how votes are counted, how the surge in mail-in ballots will impact when we know who wins the Presidential election and why this November may hold the three most critical weeks in American democracy.
2020-09-07
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The President We Need and The Attorney General Who Lies?The Weekly Roundup

Our host Ron Steslow talks to Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Tara Setmayer about what Joe Biden?s calls to end violence and begin healing mean for the presidential election and Attorney General Bill Barr?s comments on racism in policing and election security during a recent CNN interview. 
2020-09-04
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Trump vs Democracy: Anne Applebaum on authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum, a Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, joins Lincoln Project co-founder and host Ron Steslow to discuss her new book Twilight of Democracy. They discuss why America isn?t immune to the lure of authoritarianism, how the warning signs are on display in the United States, and what voters can do to protect democracy. Anne?s book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism is available now.
2020-09-02
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Land of Unrest

Our host Ron Steslow talks to his fellow co-founders Mike Madrid and Reed Galen about how the recent violence in Wisconsin,  Trump?s ?law and order? strategy, and the wave of new polls just released following the conventions.
2020-08-31
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Republican National Convention - The Weekly Roundup

Our host Ron Steslow asks Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, and Stuart Stevens to break down what voters need to know about the optics and substance of the Republican National Convention and Donald Trump?s acceptance speech.
2020-08-28
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Land of Heroes

Host and Co-founder Ron Steslow asks retired Lt. Col. Fred Wellman, a Lincoln Project Senior Advisor and  former Spokesman for General David Petraeus, to break down the hypocrisy of the third theme of the 2020 Republican National Convention: ?The Land of Heroes.?
2020-08-26
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The Land of Promise and Opportunity

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks Lincoln Project senior advisor and CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer to break down the hypocrisy of the themes for the first two nights of the 2020 Republican National Convention: "The Land of Promise" and "The Land of Opportunity."
2020-08-24
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Biden?s Acceptance Speech, Election Interference, and Steve Bannon?s Indictment?The Weekly Roundup

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow brings in fellow co-founders Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, and Jennifer Horn to talk about the Democratic National Convention and Joe Biden?s acceptance speech, a bi-partisan report detailing how Russia worked with  Trump?s campaign to influence the 2016 election, and Steve Bannon?s indictment. 
2020-08-22
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Why Beth Fukumoto Left Trump's GOP

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with Beth Fukumoto, the former House Minority Leader in Hawaii's State Legislature. They discuss why Beth decided to run for office as a Republican, why she felt compelled to speak out against Donald Trump, and why she left the Republican party. If you have advice or questions about the show you can email us at [email protected]
2020-08-20
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Explained: Mail-in Voting

In our first Explained episode, our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen to break down what you need to know and plan for before vote-by-mail in November. For more information about the rules in your state, visit LincolnProject.us/vote or your local elections website.
2020-08-17
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Kamala Harris, Election Forecasts, and Trump?s Attack on Social Security - The Weekly Roundup

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Steve Schmidt, Jennifer Horn, and Rick Wilson to break down this week?s top stories: Joe Biden?s highly anticipated selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, why FiveThirtyEight.com is saying it?s too soon to count Trump out, and what Trump?s executive order pausing payroll taxes will mean for Social Security and Medicare.
2020-08-14
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Trump vs Military Members

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to former Navy SEAL, Harvard Medical School graduate, and president of Veterans for Responsible Leadership, Dan Barkhuff and Gold Star mom Judy Gentz whose son  Captain Joel Gentz was a combat rescue officer who died during a rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2010 about how Donald Trump?s words and actions have impacted the lives of military members and their families. 
2020-08-12
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?It is What it is?, The Axios Interview, and Evictions - The Weekly Roundup

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Mike Madrid to break down Trump's interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. They also discuss the looming threat of evictions for millions of Americans and the electoral implications of such mass displacement.
2020-08-07
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It Was All A Lie: Stuart Stevens on How The Republican Party Became Donald Trump

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with Lincoln Project Senior Advisor and legendary Republican media strategist Stuart Stevens to discuss his book, It Was All A Lie. They discuss Stuart?s thesis that Trump is not an aberration within the Republican party but rather the natural outcome of the last 50 years of its politics; how the party of Lincoln became a party of racial grievance; and how the Party?s focus on family values and fiscal conservatism has been disingenuous and often hypocritical for years.
2020-08-04
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Trump Tries to Move The Election and How You Can Vote - The Weekly Roundup

Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen and Jennifer Horn join fellow co-founder and host Ron Steslow to discuss Trump?s threat to move the November election and what you need to know about how you cast your ballot in November whether it?s in person or by mail.
2020-07-31
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Trump vs Trump Voters - Rita's Story

For the last few months, we?ve been gathering stories from voters across the country. Rita is the first of those voters to come on the show. In 2016, she voted for Donald Trump. Today,  she spoke to our host, Ron Steslow, about when she realized she couldn?t vote for him again in 2020, and why she?s doing everything she can to ensure Joe Biden gets elected in November. 
2020-07-29
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Trump?s Secret Police, Cognitive Test, and the ?Best Mortality Rate? - The Weekly Roundup

Lincoln Project co-founders Rick Wilson, Mike Madrid, and Steve Schmidt join fellow co-founder and host Ron Steslow to discuss this week?s stories: Federal Agents in Portland, Trump boasting about his cognitive test score, and Trump?s false claims about the coronavirus fatality rate. 
2020-07-24
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Trump vs. Conservative Women

Host Ron Steslow has a wide ranging conversation with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Jennifer Horn , Lincoln Project Senior Advisor and Honestly Speaking with Tara host Tara Setmayer, and Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti about their perspectives on the Trump presidency, how they?ve been impacted by the administrations coronavirus response, why they see coronavirus as a right to life issue and why their conservative values have led them to put country over party and voting for Joe Biden in November. 
2020-07-22
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Rose Garden Rally, COVID-19 Response, and the Economy - The Weekly Roundup

Lincoln Project co-founders Rick Wilson, Reed Galen, and Steve Schmidt join fellow co-founder and host Ron Steslow to break down this week?s stories: Trump?s Rose Garden Rally, the administration's failed coronavirus response and how that has led to high unemployment and a stalled economy.
2020-07-17
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Is the President Above the Law?

Host Ron Steslow asks fellow Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway to break down the two new Supreme Court decisions regarding the fate of Donald Trump ? and the Trump corporation?s ? tax returns and financial documents.
2020-07-11
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Mary Trump?s Book, Confederate Flag, and CDC?s recommendations for reopening schools - The Weekly Roundup

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow asks Rick Wilson and Reed Galen about this week?s top stories: Mary Trump?s forthcoming book, Donald Trump doubling down on his defense of the confederate flag, and Trump?s response to CDC guidelines for reopening schools.
2020-07-10
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Trump vs Jennifer Horn

Host Ron Steslow talks with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Jennifer Horn about her time as chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, why she helped create The Lincoln Project, why conservatives must vote against Donald Trump, what it?s like to be attacked by the President of the United States on Twitter, and her personal experience dealing with Trump?s failed coronavirus response.
2020-07-08
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Russian Bounties, Election Security, and COVID-19 Spikes - The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow breaks down this week?s pressing stories with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Steve Schmidt and Reed Galen and Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti. Together, they discuss: the Russian Bounties scandal, election security, and the spike in COVID-19 cases.
2020-07-03
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The Lincoln Project Effect

Host Ron Steslow talks to Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid about The Lincoln Project Effect. They discuss Trump?s weakness with the Republican base, especially among seniors, faith-based voters, and college-educated voters. They walk through a path to victory in the electoral college, how voter demographics are shifting across the country, how Latino voters will affect the presidential  election and how racial consciousness will impact how Republican?s vote in November. 
2020-07-01
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Barr?s obstruction, Trump?s Testing Slowdown, and Mail-In Voting - The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow breaks down this week?s pressing stories with fellow Lincoln Project founders Jennifer Horn, George Conway, and Reed Galen. Together, they discuss: Attorney General Bill Barr?s attempted firing of a U.S. Attorney, Trump admitting he asked his staff to slow-down coronavirus testing, and Why Trump is rage tweeting about mail-in voting. 
2020-06-26
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End of the Reality Show Presidency

Ron Steslow sits down with Lincoln Project co-founders and veteran political strategists Steve Schmidt and Reed Galen to discuss how the toxic culture of reality shows led to the Trump Presidency. They look back at America?s rise to become a global superpower, how Donald Trump has damaged America?s global reputation, and why Joe Biden can help us rebuild it.
2020-06-25
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Trump?s Tulsa Rally, Bolton on China, and COVID-19 - The Weekly Roundup

Ron Steslow asks fellow Lincoln Project founders Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson, and John Weaver to weigh in on this week?s pressing stories: their expectations for Trump?s Tusla rally, Bolton?s claim Trump asked China for help with re-election, and why rising COVID-19 cases show Trump?s national reopening plan hurts Americans. Check out The Lincoln Project?s Chyna Ad on Youtube
2020-06-19
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The Republican Party and Race with Tara Setmayer

Ron Steslow sits down with former Republican communications director and Senior Advisor to The Lincoln Project, Tara Setmayer. This wide-ranging conversation touches on the history of the Republican Party?s relationship with race, what has changed from Lincoln to Trump, the reemergence of the confederate flag and our recent ad, ?Flag of Treason,? Trump?s response to the George Floyd protests, all of which are happening on the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can hear more from Tara on her podcast, ?Honestly Speaking with Tara Setmayer.
2020-06-16
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