The post-US election podcast from ITV News. Every week, Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt, Correspondent Robert Moore in Washington and former White House insider Laura Schwartz - along with some extra special guests - bring you analysis and reporting of Donald Trump's last days in office and the transition to the Joe Biden presidency.
36. Trump's big speech, Dolly sings to anti-vaxxers plus Harry and Meghan
“Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time.”
Fresh from flying down to Florida, US Correspondent Emma Murphy reflects from LA with Robert Moore in Washington and host Daniel Hewitt in London on the key extracts from Donald Trump's big speech in Orlando.
Robert explains why the Sunshine State address at the CPAC conference has left the Republicans in a state of deep freeze, while Emma shares some remarkable statements from some Trump loyalists on why their home state is now resembling Nazi Germany.
Also on the episode, Daniel explains - to the dismay of Emma - why he's no fan of Dolly Parton’s singing shot at convincing America’s vaccine doubters to get the jab, before Robert reacts to the FBI's latest defence of its role in stopping the January Capitol attacks.
Plus the team take a leaf out of The Royal Rota's podcast book and discuss Harry and Meghan's impending Oprah chat, their shared choice of classic English tea (other perfectly good brands are available) and Robert draws on his hidden heritage to finally settle the jam/cream scone debate.
35. Ivanka or Don Jr: who's best placed to replace Trump?
“Could she run in 2024? Could they go for that absolute catnip … one of them back in the White House and the first woman to boot.”
Emma Murphy lays out a compelling case for Ivanka Trump winning the family battle to follow in her father’s footsteps are run for the presidency - but is one of her brothers the more likely heir apparent?
Robert Moore and Laura Schwartz join that debate as Daniel Hewitt and the team react to the clear and surprising signs of public endorsement for a future Trump dynasty.
Our own political prodigy Fred Dimbleby returns to explain how the Trump offspring rate for social media profiles before getting a little sidetracked by Joe Biden’s archaic choice of punctuation.
Plus, after an inspiring visit to Cape Canaveral, Robert and the team discuss the merits of getting away from the hostile world of politics to explore life on a whole other planet.
34. Will Trump win in 2024 after his second Senate acquittal?
“Donald Trump now is a contender.”
Robert Moore says the former president is a challenger for power once more as Daniel Hewitt dials America to get the expert reaction to the historic second Senate acquittal.
Emma Murphy runs the team through the standout final trial moments worthy of a TV melodrama before she, Robert and former White House insider Laura Schwartz evaluate the fallout.
So what now for Trump, the Republican Party and Joe Biden’s hopes of governing America?
And what will the podcast be called next?
33. Fresh shocks at the Senate trial but what's sparked Trump's private anger?
"Most lawyers have deserted him and I think that explains the desperately poor calibre of his current legal team."
With Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial well underway, Robert Moore gives insight from Florida on why the former president will have been so enraged while watching on TV.
Meanwhile, Emma Murphy updates Daniel Hewitt and the team on the standout moments so far from the trial - before getting a proper Trumpian view from one of his most vocal public supporters.
Jeffrey Lord served as an adviser to Ronald Reagan and now explains to Trump Lost: What Now? why Trump's political future looks strong despite his ignominious exit from office.
Plus, former White House insider Laura Schwartz shares an emotional reaction to the impact of the trial before some fun and games as the team choose their preferred animal Zoom filter while discussing Texas lawyer Rod Ponton's very public kitten mishap.
32. How will Trump's new clumsy-spelling lawyers defend him in the Senate trial?
"Nobody could quite understand how he had this lavish lifestyle, two lavish wives, was throwing these big parties... it was high rolling in a high society world."
US Correspondent Emma Murphy explains to Daniel Hewitt why a disgraced playboy politician from more than a century ago may prove critical to the impeachment trial against Donald Trump.
In this Senate trial preview, Robert Moore outlines the cases set to be argued for and against the former president - while former White House insider Laura Schwartz points out why the Trump legal team's thin brief could have benefitted from a better spell checker.
The team also discuss why the easy win of reuniting Mexico border children with their families could in fact be a tricky topic amid Joe Biden's flurry of executive orders, before our digital detective Fred Dimbleby dazzles everyone with a surprising comparison between the new president's Twitter use and Donald Trump's in their first days in the Oval Office.
31. Will impeachment delay play into Trump’s hands?
“We suddenly found the city surrounded by 25,000 National Guardsmen, razor wire, military checkpoints everyone barking orders at us. And I texted Emma to say: welcome to Washington, you must have arrived!”
There’s a new president in the White House and a new member of our podcast team as the esteemed Emma Murphy aptly takes up the new role of US Correspondent following years of reporting on the frontlines of global conflicts.
Daniel Hewitt, Robert Moore and Laura Schwartz welcome her to the fold as the team dissect the impeachment delay which could play into Donald Trump’s favour and assess Joe Biden’s first week in the Oval Office as he unpicks his predecessor's agenda.
Emma shares insight on a notable early change for transgender people from the Biden pen before Robert and Laura offer the Washington newcomer contrasting guides of where to eat, drink and meditate in the US power capitol.
Please don’t end!
The US election coverage that this podcast provided was absolutely brilliant and that’s continued into the near year. I don’t know what the plans are with this podcast going forward but I really hope these guys stick around and carry on making episodes. Even if it was to drop down to every fortnight and it gives a round up of what’s happening within US politics as a whole as Biden's presidency really gets going.
If the podcast is coming to end, whilst I’ll be sad I wanna say thanks to you guys for it.
From Will Trump Win, to Trump Lost, What Now?
This is one of the best US Presidential election podcasts for a UK audience. The panel is authoritative, and respects the intelligence of listeners, but there’s a chemistry to their relationship which invites the audience in to share both their insights and their many jokes. Highly recommended.
I’ve just binged listened from episode 10. Great podcast, great content and rapport.
I think I agree that Trump may still have a card to play. I think he’s going to try and undermine the Biden administration and the next key moment will be when he finally says something when his loss is official. He’s going to stir up a hornets nest and then say he’ll be back in 2024. Then setup his own tv and social media platforms and keep his fan base through 4 years of ensuring Biden doesn’t achieve unity.
Do you think this is likely?
Be really interested in how much of a thorn in Biden’s side you all think Trump is going to be.