SouthBound: Barton Swaim On The Struggle Of Being A Conservative Writer Opposed To Trump

Sep 19, 2018

Three years ago, Barton Swaim gave us an inside look at a bizarre moment in American politics. His book “The Speechwriter” was a memoir of his time working with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, when Sanford went missing and then tried to cover up an affair by saying he had been out walking the Appalachian Trail.

Now, Swaim finds himself in the middle of another strange political moment. As opinion editor for the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard, he and his colleagues would normally support a Republican president. But this Republican president is Donald Trump. And that makes things tricky for a lot of conservatives in America, including Barton Swaim.

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Blue Dot Sessions, "Rabbit Hole"

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