An Irishman Abroad

Simon Carswell: Episode 164

November 6, 2016

As Washington Correspondent for The Irish Times, award-winning journalist and author, Simon Carswell, is currently living and breathing the American presidential election, and this week he gave Jarlath a fascinating insight into the most anticipated election of all time. Simon explains the importance of humanising his content to make it accessible to the public (4:00), the sleepless nights he endured during the Irish banking crisis (16:00) and how he believes Brian Cowan’s public invisibility placed a substantial burden on the late Brian Lenihan at that time (21:00).

As he has tirelessly followed the rallies of both Trump and Clinton, Simon is in a great position to outline what Trump has done better than anyone else in this campaign (27:00) and why we can’t trust the polls (48:00). Simon also describes the shocking incident that happened to him at a Trump rally, which caused him to be no longer surprised by any of the events of the campaign (39:00) and how Clinton could be out of touch with public life (45:00). From whether people could, in fact, be mistaken about Trump’s potential as US president (1:02:00), to discussing the ‘lesser of two evils’ nature of the campaign (40:00), and much more, this episode is a must-listen for anyone following the most exciting political race of our time. 

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