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Trumpocalypse, with David Frum

What happens when a third of the electorate refuses to abandon Donald Trump, no matter what he does? And what will the coronavirus pandemic mean for the Trump presidency?

‘I don’t take responsibility at all.’ Those words of Donald Trump at a press conference on March 13 2020 are likely to be history’s epitaph on his presidency. Polls have repeatedly shown that about a third of the electorate refuses to abandon Trump, no matter what he does, because they see the rest of the country building a future that doesn’t have a place for them. If these voters continue to support Trump in the current pandemic, they will certainly risk the stability of American democracy in the presidential election in November.

That’s the view of David Frum, a former speechwriter to George W. Bush and a prominent critic of the Trump administration. In his new book Trumpocalypse, Frum examines the causes of American political and cultural fragmentation and sets out a plan to restore democracy at home and renew American leadership abroad. It is not enough to defeat Trump on election day 2020, he will say. Even if Trump peacefully departs office, the trauma he has inflicted will distort American and world politics for years to come. Join us for this online event where Frum will argue for a better future for all the American people.

Join us for this online event where, in conversation with the BBC’s Justin Webb, Frum will argue for a better future for all the American people.

Watch the event live and have your chance to type in your question during the Q and A.

Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy by David Frum is available to order from Amazon.



David Frum

Political commentator and former speechwriter for George W. Bush

Senior editor at The Atlantic. From 2014 through 2017 he was chairman of the board of trustees of the leading UK center-right think tank, Policy Exchange. From 2001 to 2002 he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush, and in 2007 to 2008 as senior adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaigns. Frum is the author of nine books, including Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. His memoir of his service in the George W. Bush administration, The Right Man, was a No 1 New York Times bestseller. His new book is Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy.

Justin Webb

Presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

One of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was the BBC’s North America Editor for 8 years, covering the 9/11 attacks and the election of President Obama. He writes regularly for the Radio Times and reviews books for the Sunday Times.


Speakers are subject to change.