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April 03, 2024
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Has Optimism Become Cringe? (with Chris Hayes)

In This Episode

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of All In and Why Is This Happening?, joins Jon Lovett to talk about why Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and crime is so dangerous, why being optimistic about America has fallen so far out of the mainstream, and the disconnect between what’s actually happening in politics and how people feel about it.


For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.


You can check out Chris Hayes’s podcast, Why Is This Happening, here: https://link.chtbl.com/withpod_sn.







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