New Bonus Episode of Ms. Magazine’s On The Issues with Michele Goodwin Podcast Asks: Can the President Suspend the Elections?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 29, 2020

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new issues- and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication.

In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Can the President Suspend the Elections?—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and MsMagazine.com.

In the new episode, Dr. Goodwin and her guests answer the critical question: can the President suspend the elections? The short answer: No. But while the law is clear, President Trump’s efforts to delay the elections, sow distrust in our democratic processes, and wreak havoc on the U.S. electoral process are already well underway, and his Tweets and public comments raise serious questions about the integrity of the upcoming elections.

Dr. Goodwin is joined this week by Karen J. Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, CNN Election 2020 analyst and a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation; Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey; and Stephen Vladeck, law professor at the University of Texas, CNN Supreme Court analyst and a nationally recognized expert on the federal courts, constitutional law, national security law and military justice.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“If Trump’s ahead on election night, he could try to declare victory and claim that any votes that are counted after Election Day are fraudulent. He’s made similar kinds of unsubstantiated claims in the past… We’re entering a volatile period and it’s really important for the media and others to caution everyone to have patience before election results are announced.” —Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and [President Trump’s] Tweet about delaying the election is a symptom of a larger disease where, I think, a large chunk of the electorate doesn’t understand the actual mechanics of how Presidential elections work.” —Stephen Vladeck, law professor at the University of Texas

“Are we coming to an ideological division in the country that is going to blow up? It’s hard to see how it doesn’t if there are so many people in the country that are swayed by untruths and fallacies, and there’s nobody at the top [providing leadership] where leadership matters.” —Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey

“Our democracy is really fragile right now, but I’m so hesitant to fuel that line, that narrative, because I think we have to start looking at what’s strong about our democracy.” —Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law & permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. magazine and on MsMagazine.com. She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood, is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.

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