Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn't have to live by the rules. Using his experience as a speechwriter, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist.
"A well-written complainers guide"
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different but similarly complicated relationships with the truth. Trump treats the truth with contempt, Clinton with a feigned politeness. But these two modes of expression are nothing like each other.
"The Many, Many Things the 2016 Election Is ‘about’ — According to the Candidates" is from the November 09, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Barton Swaim and narrated by Sam Scholl.
“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Then, on Friday morning, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski reported Trump’s remark to her on the same topic: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass, and outlast them all.”
"Politicians Love to Say They Travel the Country and 'Hear' Us. It's Just Hype." is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Barton Swaim and narrated by Sam Scholl.