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The Damaging Legacy Trump Leaves Behind

On this edition of Your Call, we're marking Donald Trump’s last full day in the White House by discussing the damage he and his administration have done, from their failures to address the COVID crisis and the destruction of the administrative state to a broad scale rollback of decades of environmental protections and the separation of immigrant children from their families, many of whom have still not be reunited.

In his 2017 inaugural address, he said, “this American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” He’s leaving office two weeks after his most ardent supporters stormed the Capitol. So far, 93 people have been arrested. How are you reflecting on four years of Donald Trump and where we go from here?


Anne Nelson, adjunct associate professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right

Bill Fletcher, racial justice, labor and international activist, and author of They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions 

Web Resources:

PBS: The final days of the Trump presidency

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Trump's legacy will take years to purge from the Amerian psyche

USA Today, Rebecca Morin: Biden's first 100 days: From reversing Trump's immigration policies to COVID-19 relief

The Washington Post: U.S. files conspiracy charge against Oath Keeper

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.