Hannah Rosenthal (WI): ‘Most People Believe Trump Is a Crook, Narcissist and Liar’
Hannah Rosenthal (68), a Democrat from Madison, WI, originally thought she would follow her father, a 16th-generation rabbi, into the family business. Instead, she became a “professional Jew” and a “professional feminist.” Rosenthal has held a range of political and government roles, including Midwest regional director at the Department of Health and Human Services (Clinton administration) and the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism (Obama administration).
What are your thoughts on the topic of impeachment?
I am old enough to have now watched three impeachment inquiries and what is on display by this president is so far beyond what others were accused of. It is an important public education to finally be watching people being held responsible for their corruption.
Do you think it’s possible for Democrats and Republicans to ever agree on the facts around the president’s actions?
I think it’s unlikely, because Fox News tells a different story than the other major news sources.
Does the impeachment process hurt or improve Trump’s chances for re-election?
It hurts his chances. I think most people believe Trump is a crook, narcissist and liar. However, the Republicans are putting their party and power before what is best for the country. But the more information that gets out, the more the people are seeing Trump for who he is.
Which Democratic candidate(s) do you think will give Trump the greatest challenge?
Many of them are skilled enough to challenge him effectively. Cory Booker has the temperament and the smarts to take him on, but Buttigieg seems to be able to raise the kind of money that could help him compete. I do think the media is not giving second tier candidates a fair shake. They keep declaring the top four as the main candidates and hence cover them more. It is way too early for that.