Trump, Bannon, and Globalism as the New Dividing Line

The Trump campaign successfully took over the Republican party, replacing conservatism with nationalism. Today, we discuss globalism as the new dividing line. In the Pearls, we talk about the House's passage of the American Health Care Act and the French election, and in the Heels we discuss the Kentucky Derby, Beth's car accident, and the way our brains and bodies work together. 

Membership Drive

We're excited to launch our first annual membership drive. Pantsuit Politics has become more than we could have imagined, and we want to meet the expectations of our growing community. We are constrained only by time and resources, and we truly appreciate listener support. Visit our Patreon page to check out our goals and the ways that we are trying to thoughtfully provide additional value to subscribers. 



Aaptiv What do you get when an app that Sarah is obsessed with becomes a sponsor of the show? Aaptiv - a fitness app that provides audio workouts guided by a trainer synched with the perfect playlist and fully customizable by workout type, machine, duration, and intensity. Aaptiv is are offering our listeners a free 30 day trial. Go to, sign up for a monthly subscription, and enter promo code PANTSUIT.

Harry & David Whether she’s a wine aficionado, a chocolate lover, or a fruit fanatic, Harry & David has something Mom’s guaranteed to love. UP TO 30% off select Mother’s Day items is an amazing deal, but it expires Friday. Harry & David is part of the 1-800 Flowers family of brands and the company we trust with Mom’s special day. Get up to 30% off select Mother’s Day favorites NOW! Just go to, click the radio icon and enter code PANTSUIT. 

CREDO Moblie What if you could make the world a little bit better every time you used your cell phone? Well, it turns out you can, thanks to CREDO Mobile. Because, whenever you use a CREDO product or service, you generate critical donations for progressive causes and vital activism work – at no extra cost to you. With over $150,000 donated every month to nonprofits like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, CREDO truly does give you the power to make positive social change every day. Not to mention, they offer coverage on the nation’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE network, and you can easily transfer over with your existing number. So, if you want a better world for all of us, AND a better way to stay connected to it, you want CREDO mobile.  And, right now, CREDO has a special deal for our listeners. Go to CREDOMobile.COM/pantsuit and get 2 smartphones FREE plus 50% off unlimited talk and text.  Or call 1-866-689-0099.  It’s time your phone company represented your value
Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here!
Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android
Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook!
Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

The Pearls

First, we talk about the House's passage of the American Health Care Act. Spoiler: we aren't impressed by the process. Senate Republicans have assembled a working group to try to rewrite the bill. It doesn't include any women

We also talk about Emanuel Macron's decisive victory over Marine Le Pen in France's election. 

In our regular feature of complimenting the other party, Sarah praised Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for their comments on the AHCA. Beth complimented Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her video series encouraging folks to run for office. 

The Suit

We were inspired by several op-eds and an episode of This American Life to discuss the way views on globalism are redefining the political parties. In an op-ed in the New York Times, R.R. Reno described how the party of Reagan has become the "America First" party. Similarly, The National Review has lamented that Republicans have abandoned conservatism. In "The Beginning of Now," This American Life traces globalism's roots in the GOP back to Pat Buchanan, through Eric Cantor's defeat, to Brietbart, to Trump. We discuss what's happening with American identity and the future of the political parties. 

We also discuss the political impact of the next stage of globalization and the book Beth is currently enjoying. We also discussed another episode of This American Life on Russian propaganda and parallels in our own country.  

We end with a simple question, "What do we do now that our labels don't make sense anymore?"

The Heels

We obviously had to spend a couple of minutes on the Kentucky Derby (with a shout-out to Keeneland, one of the most beautiful racetracks in the country)!

Beth spent a recent day watching arraignments and has some thoughts on our criminal justice system, including the impact of our process on the poor. (Cash bail system under attack as unconstitutional) She also learned about the incredible case of Tyra Patterson, which we hope to discuss on a later show. Sarah also talked about this article and it's interesting illustration of similar issues in the criminal justice system. 

We also discussed this phenomenal article by Atul Gawande on the brain-body connection and Beth thanked everyone for the support on Twitter after her recent car wreck.