We didn’t see it coming, and likely neither did he. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll try to make sense of how we got here, and what it all means.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by our regular political analyst, Greg Lebel, who teaches political management at George Washington University and previously worked on several presidential campaigns. They’ll look ahead to what a Trump administration will look like and discuss the indicators that could have tipped off analysts and pollsters to his support among the electorate.
Welton will also be joined by Ari Rabin-Havt, a senior fellow at People for the American Way, to dig into Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s record during his long political career. Pence is often portrayed as the Religious Right’s dream candidate, and for good reason. He has the theocratic, anti-LGBT, anti-science and anti-woman track record to back it up. We’ll discuss what this means for the nation.
Finally, Welton will seek healing and words of hope from Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, a Jewish training institute that works to deepen civic and spiritual participation in American life. Well before the voting started in this year’s election, it was already very clear to us that the divisiveness and distrust in the campaign would need to be addressed in the election’s aftermath. That’s why we’re kicking off a series of conversations around the themes of healing and reconciliation this week.