Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 21, 2017, it’s the Trump Chaos and Media Hysteria edition of the show with our special guest Byron York.

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On today’s show we welcome Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York (one of our favorites) to the show. We plug Byron’s book, The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy before we realize it came out eleven years ago. Byron talks about the frivolousness of the interminable media outrage and contrasts it with what has really gone on, from a, you know, governing perspective, in the Trump Administration. He discusses his column from last week where he recommended that the President hit the campaign trail again only to find, two days later, that the Administration announces a campaign style event in Florida. This guy York has got influence is all we can say.

We will then talk about the media hysteria, the media pandemonium the media intemperate head exploding at…what exactly? the fact that one of Trump’s Executive Orders was held up by a zealot judge in Washington State? That some deep state leaks caused Trump to lose his National Security Advisor? Are those the sum total of the legitimate bumps in the road for Team Trump? Phew!

Finally, we will discuss Melania reciting the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of the Trump rally in Florida. Was this the incipient fascism? God is on our side? Is Trump going to make us beg for our “daily bread” henceforth???

We will have our shower thoughts and for our hidden gem we bring you a Django Reinhardt inspired group called The Rhythm Future Quartet, a song called Sleepless.

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  1. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Great segment with York.

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    • February 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm
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    Mollie Hemingway (View Comment):
    Great segment with York.

    Love to have you join us too, Molly. Loved this week’s Ricochet podcast.

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    • February 21, 2017 at 4:16 am
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  3. Profile photo of Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Another superb hidden gem. Its Eastern European roots were striking. It reminded me of Klezmer music and Herbie Mann’s last album in which he explored the muiscal roots of his own background.

    As you well know, I was no fan of Trumps. I still have a lot of differences with him, but in his battle with the media I am fully behind him. They are ridiculous. For years they have pretended to be neutral, but now have come completely out of the closet, or, more appropriately, out from under their flat rock and demonstrated exactly where their ideology lies. The exposure of these hypocrites may go down as one of Trump’s major accomplishments.

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    • February 21, 2017 at 8:45 am
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  4. Profile photo of Robert Dammers Thatcher

    Django Reinhardt is remembered now for the influence he had on so many subsequent guitarists, but his career is really founded on his group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France where he worked with legendary jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. I discovered the QHCF after Grappelli appeared on the British chat show Parkinson in 1971. Parkinson interviewed Grappelli in the same programme as Yehudi Menuhin. They played a duet (spontaneously) and by the time Parky had them on again in 1976 they had recorded three albums together (my mother, a violinist, had bought the first).

    Reinhardt and the QHCF are still available on CD (and I guess, YouTube and digital download), and are well worth discovering.

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    • February 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm
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  5. Profile photo of Richard Easton Member

    That was an excellent podcast. My wife talked to Obama for about 15 minutes in her office at WBEZ circa 1996-7. She describes him as having vacuous charisma. I always thought Obama was an atheist with pro Muslim leanings. However, I think he knew more about Rev Wright’s thoughts than you implied in the podcast. I believe he agreed with Wright but knew he couldn’t sell black nationalist ideas and become president. Just like in 2008 he pretended to oppose SSM, but came out in favor of it in 2012 when it was safer politically. The true dimensions of Obama’s radical ideas will emerge in the next decade or two.

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    • February 21, 2017 at 10:14 pm
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    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    That was an excellent podcast. My wife talked to Obama for about 15 minutes in her office at WBEZ circa 1996-7. She describes him as having vacuous charisma. I always thought Obama was an atheist with pro Muslim leanings. However, I think he knew more about Rev Wright’s thoughts than you implied in the podcast. I believe he agreed with Wright but knew he couldn’t sell black nationalist ideas and become president. Just like in 2008 he pretended to oppose SSM, but came out in favor of it in 2012 when it was safer politically. The true dimensions of Obama’s radical ideas will emerge in the next decade or two.

    Thanks Richard! Please give us a review on iTunes! -Mike

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    • February 22, 2017 at 6:23 am
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  7. Profile photo of Arahant Member

    Down at the Jazz Club:

    Police detective arrives and looks at the stiff on the floor. He looks at the proprietor and asks, “So, what happened here?”

    “He said he was big into jazz music and the subject of Django came up.”

    “Yeah? Did he say something bad about Django?”

    The proprietor shook his head, “Much worse.”

    The detective raises his eyebrows in surprise, “How could it be worse?”

    “He said he had never heard of Django.”

    “What? He said that right out loud?”

    The proprietor nodded his head.

    “Well, look, he was obviously a commie plant, but if I get the Fat Boys Institute involved, your place could get closed down for months while they investigate. How ’bout if we just call it a suicide?”

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    • February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am
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    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Mollie Hemingway (View Comment):
    Great segment with York.

    Love to have you join us too, Molly. Loved this week’s Ricochet podcast.

    oops! Mollie.

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    • February 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm
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