MPR News to air MinnPost’s discussion with Norm Ornstein Friday

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MinnPost columnist Eric Black and American Enterprise Institute Scholar Norm Ornstein conversing about the recent election during MinnPost's 9th anniversary celebration at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Minnesota Public Radio will air audio from MinnPost’s ninth anniversary discussion featuring political scientist Norm Ornstein at noon and 9 p.m. Friday.

Tune in to MPR News hear an edited version of Ornstein’s conversation with MinnPost’s Eric Black about the 2016 election and what we can expect from Donald Trump’s presidency.

MPR’s recording may also be streamed on demand from the MPR News Presents website starting at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, began the evening by putting Donald Trump’s campaign within the context of other populist movements in history, from Andrew Jackson to Ralph Nader, and noting how his rise was fueled by increasing tribalism of politics in the United States. “When it’s tribal, you don’t view people on the other side of the aisle as adversaries, worthy adversaries,” Ornstein noted. “They’re the enemy. And if they’re for it, you’re against it, even if you were for it yesterday.”

Ornstein’s talk was the highlight of MinnPost’s 9th anniversary celebration, which brought 500 to the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday. Read more on the discussion in Thursday’s recap of the event.

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