Coast to Coast AM expanded to five full hours of coverage, as the US 2016 election results continued to pour in, and Donald Trump's presidential victory became a reality. In the first hour, John Curtis, and Howard Bloom shared their commentary and analysis. Author and columnist Jerome Corsi was featured in hours 2 & 3, with prophecy expert John Hogue in the 4th hour, and Open Lines in our special 5th hour (Coast Insiders download here).
Curtis suggested that the polling going into the election was inaccurate and had a liberal bias. Like the 'Brexit' vote in the UK, Trump capitalized on the alienation of voters with the status quo, he said, adding that the mainstream media in the US has a strong left-wing bias, and voters rebelled against that as well. Bloom countered that there are many popular right-wing oriented media outlets such as Fox News, and there's a healthy balance of media options available in America. He expressed concerns around Trump's tendency to criminalize points of view that don't agree with him, and go after political opponents in court. "He's going to have a much much bigger stick now, and I fear for the safety of this democracy," said Bloom. Dick Morris and Craig Hulet also commented briefly in the first hour on the election results.
Corsi remarked that we have a divided country with the Northeast and West coasts having more of a "globalist elite mentality" whereas the center of the country is akin to the "silent majority" and has more of a conservative stance. Because the election was close, he suggested that Trump's agenda may have to be moderated from his original proposals such as mass deportations, and building a wall. The off base polls reminded him of the 1980 election when it was predicted that Jimmy Carter was going to defeat Reagan. Corsi defended the Electoral College over the popular vote, pointing out that the system allows all the states to have focus, rather than just paying attention to the big states.
Hogue, who lost his 12-0 winning streak on picking presidential election winners by going with Clinton, argued in favor of the popular vote. "If you live in a state that's red and you're a Democrat (or vice versa), your vote never counts," he remarked. Looking at Trump's astrology, he is unpredictable and spontaneous, and could be more of a uniter than he was in the divisive campaign, Hogue said. He was concerned that with Hillary's presidency, we could have ended up in a nuclear war with Russia. However, he wonders if Trump will even finish his first term, as "he's a rebel in a den of establishment special interests" and wants to go against "the billionaires that ring Washington DC and that make amazing amounts of money in the military-industrial complex."
The special live 5th hour of the show was devoted to Open Lines. Coast Insiders: Download Hour 5 MP3