Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention, with David Shields

Episode 127 · September 27th, 2018 · 53 mins 36 secs

About this Episode

My guest is David Shields. His new book Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention, is perhaps the only genuinely original thing you have read yet about Donald Trump. It can be read in a variety of ways: as a psychological investigation of Trump, as a philosophical meditation on the relationship between language and power, as a satirical compilation of the “collected wit and wisdom of Donald Trump,” and above all as a dagger into the rhetoric of American political discourse—a dissection of the politesse that gave rise to and sustains Trump. The book’s central thesis is that we have met the enemy and he is us. Who else but David Shields would make such an argument, let alone pull it off with such intelligence, brio, and wit, not to mention leaked off-air transcripts from Fox News?