The Conservative Populist Coalition Salena Zito

December 8, 2020

7:00 pm Pacific




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“Donald Trump’s supporters take him seriously but not literally; his opponents take him literally but not seriously.”

That astute observation in 2016 brought political reporter Salena Zito to national prominence. Her unusual approach to journalism has given her unique insights into American politics.


Salena Zito will examine what she calls the “Conservative Populist” coalition that placed Donald Trump in office in 2016. It was not the black swan many critics predicted it to be and, she says, four years later, this coalition is not only durable, it has expanded, getting younger and more diverse along the way. So, today, who is the “Trump voter”? Salena will discuss what happened and where this movement goes next.


Salena joined Washington Examiner in 2016 as a Pittsburgh-based reporter covering national politics and culture, she is also a weekly columnist at the New York Post. She contributes to the Wall Street Journal and co-authored The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, with Brad Todd.


In 2018 Salena won first place for her columns in the Associated Press and her coverage of American politics. She also won the Barbara Olsen Award for Excellence and Independence in Journalism. She has taught journalism at the Harvard Institute of Politics and Washington and Lee University, and was a Fellow at Hillsdale College this Fall.

Salena has interviewed every president, vice-president as well as those who sought their party’s nomination on both sides of the aisle in the 21st Century.

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Salena Zito

December 8, 2020

Co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, with Brad Todd.

Richard A. Epstein

January 12, 2021

One of the most cited legal scholars in the nation, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University Law School, and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago

Jeanine Pirro

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Television commentator, blogger, columnist, best-selling author

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