×

Listen: Why the Left Still Hasn’t Figured Out How to Take on Trump

WASHINGTON — The day after the 2016 presidential election, UK comedian Tom Walker scored a viral video hit with his take on what Hillary Clinton did wrong and how Donald Trump won.

On the latest edition of Variety‘s PopPolitics on SiriusXM, Walker, who plays reporter Jonathan Pie, says that he fears that many late-night comedians and Trump detractors need to shift tactics in taking on Trump.

“Satire needs to be braver. What I try to do is go, ‘Look, people on the right and Trump are wrong, but the manner in which the left are trying to defeat that is also wrong. Tactically wrong,” he says. “And they need to talk more about policy and they need to start talking to their opponents if they are to persuade them to vote differently next time.”

He adds, “I am in no way a Trump supporter, but I feel like a lot of people who don’t like Trump are still going, ‘How did he do it?'”

Walker is touring the U.S. this month with his show “Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio,” and he says that he’s had the chance to talk to a number of Trump supporters.

“The majority I have spoken to are smart. They are up on policy. They are not bigots. They are not stupid. They are not racists,” he says. “And if we are to stop Trump from winning a second term, or doing well this midterm, you have to start talking to people you disagree with. You have to persuade, rather than just dismiss their opinions as bigoted. We get a lot of that in the UK with Brexit.”

Popular on Variety

Listen below:

‘On Her Shoulders’ 

Alexandria Bombach talks about her documentary “On Her Shoulders,” which profiles activist Nadia Murad, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as she tries to draw attention to the crisis of the Yazidis in northern Iraq. In 2014 she was kidnapped from her hometown by ISIS and held for three months before she escaped. The movie looks at what she went through to draw international attention: Telling and retelling her painful story of sexual assault, hoping that the media’s focus will lead to UN action.

Also: Nikki Schwab of the New York Post and Mary Murphy of USC Annenberg talk about President Trump’s response to the pipe bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some of his critics…Brian Steinberg chats about what went wrong with Megyn Kelly at NBC News.

And: This was our 200th episode of “PopPolitics.” Thank you most of all to my producer, Charla Freeland, for making this all possible and for having nerves of steel, and thank you to SiriusXM, Variety, all of our guests, and most importantly to our listeners.

“PopPolitics,” hosted by Variety’s Ted Johnson, airs from 2-3 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS. It also is available on demand.

More Politics

  • Donald Trump acquittal

    Trump Campaign Sues New York Times Over Russia 'Collusion' Column

    The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the New York Times, alleging that the paper had defamed him by running a column that alluded to an “overarching deal” between Trump and Russia. The column, entitled “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo,” was written by Max Frankel, the 89-year-old former executive editor of the [...]

  • Dem Debate

    Democratic Debate: Mike Bloomberg Slams Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren Hammers Both

    Mike Bloomberg threw his first punch early in Tuesday’s Democratic Debate in Charleston, S.C., taking aim at Bernie Sanders over recent reports that Russian hackers are trying to assist his campaign for the presidency. Bloomberg, the billionaire owner of Bloomberg News and former New York City mayor, responded to Sanders’ opening remarks about economic equality [...]

  • Police and rescue workers stand next

    Dozens Injured as Car Plows Into German Carnival Parade

    More than 30 people were injured on Monday in the western German town of Volkmarsen when a man drove his car into a crowd of people watching a carnival parade. The 29-year-old driver, reportedly a German national, is suspected of purposely targeting the crowd when he drove a Mercedes-Benz station wagon into the Rose Monday [...]

  • The Suspended Mourning

    Berlin: Hernan Caffiero Sets Up Two Series About Victims of Police Violence as Chilean Industry Protests Brutality (EXCLUSIVE)

    Inspired by the victims of violent crackdowns by Chilean police, filmmaker Hernán Caffiero is looking to tell their story. Caffiero is currently developing two series about human rights crimes and the effects of police brutality in Chile, one a four-part documentary, the other a follow-up to his Intl. Emmy-winning “The Suspended Mourning,” a dramatized collection [...]

  • Bernie Sanders, Jane Sanders. Democratic presidential

    Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Democratic Caucus

    UPDATED: Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucus. Per the Associated Press, Sanders has captured 46.8% of the delegates with 10% of precincts reporting. Joe Biden is in a distant second with 20.2%. Peter Buttigieg finished third with 14.3% with Elizabeth Warren in fourth with 9.7%. Tom Steyer finished fifth with 4.7%. Amy Klobuchar round [...]

  • Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election

    Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice. “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said. After endorsing Mitt Romney [...]

  • EFM 1st European Film Politics Seminar

    Berlin: 1st European Film Politics Seminar - Protecting Independent Film Production

    Leading industry reps gathered on the opening day of Berlin’s European Film Market for what is certain to be a continuing discussion about leveling the playing field for independent producers across Europe and demanding greater engagement in the sector from global players. The 1st European Film Politics Seminar aims to set the political agenda of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content