President Donald Trump shocked the world in November 2016 with his presidential victory over Hillary Clinton. Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead, predicted Trump’s victory on WBAI months before it happened. President Donald Trump has since become one of the most-polarizing presidents in U.S. history. Everybody has an opinion on his behavior, his policies or something he said. Trump’s comments on the riots in Charlottesville were especially polarizing. He said there were good people on both sides (alt-left and alt-right) and “this has been going on for a long, long time. Several professional athletes thought Trump’s comments were inappropriate.
Mr. Baker created Trump And The Global Economy (“Trump And The GE”) to parse through the president’s policies. The quarterly speaker series assembles economists, activists, artists, athletes and entrepreneurs to help parse through the impact of Trump’s policies on the economy and the community. In our first episode John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates, one of the country’s top pollsters, explained what the president needed to do to keep his republican base energized: