Background Briefing: August 14, 2023


Threats of Civil War From a US Congressman While Judges and Prosecutors on Trump’s Cases Get Death Threats

We begin with calls for violence and civil war coming from US Congressman Gaetz who was standing next to Donald Trump at the Iowa State Fair when he said “But we know only through force do we make any change in a corrupt town like Washington DC.” Joining us to discuss threats of civil war from MAGAworld and death threats to prosecutors and judges involved in prosecuting Trump is Spencer Sunshine, who has written about the U.S. White Nationalist movement including the Alt Right, NeoNazis, and esoteric fascists, the Patriot movement and militias, and antisemitic currents for the past two decades.

The Likelihood of Trump Inciting Violence in the 2024 Election as the Law Closes in on Him

Then we go to Canada to speak with Stephen Marche, a novelist and culture writer whose latest book is The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future. We discuss his new book out in September, co-authored with Andrew Yang, The Last Election and we assess the likelihood of Trump inciting violence during the 2024 election season as at least four legal trials close in on him.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries Face Criticism From Progressive Democrats

Then finally we look into criticism of an AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel by House Minority leader Hakeem Jeffries who met with PM Netanyahu and has angered progressives for not taking a stand on Israeli democracy while AIPAC attacks progressive Democrats and supports over 100 House Republicans for re-election. Joining us is Howie Klein, a progressive blogger and political activist as well as concert promoter, disk jockey, music producer, record label founder, record label executive and professor of music who was President of Reprise Records. He supports and advises progressive candidates and blogs at