Both Mike and Jay thought the 2016 presidential election was over, but that’s not so, at least according to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who has raised over $5 million dollars for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – three states that put Donald Trump over the top in the Electoral College, and states that he only won by a combined total of around 100,000 votes. The Guys see this as more or less a Green Party publicity stunt, and don’t expect the recounts to change the results, which is in line what election experts expect.
Of greater concern is the now well-documented Russian efforts to influence the presidential election – not through hacking voting systems (which would be incredibly difficult) but through creating and distributing a massive amount of ‘fake news’ through social media. This ‘news’ was almost all anti-Clinton, and while there’s no good way to measure the impact it had on the election, it certainly didn’t help her campaign.
Next, Mike and Jay talk about the Trump transition, focusing on his use of YouTube, in what Jay sees as an almost FDR-esque manner. Mike points out that Trump also seems to be putting together his cabinet in what one could call a Lincoln-esque, ‘Team of Rivals’ fashion. They also consider the possibilities for conflicts of interest and out and out corruption in a Trump administration.
Finally, they talk about the record number of sentences President Obama has commuted – almost all for non-violent drug crimes involving mandatory minimum sentences. Mike and Jay agree that the Obama administration has been largely moving in the right direction on this. Jay is somewhat optimistic that this will continue in a Jeff Sessions led Justice Department, while Mike has serious doubts about that.