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Oct 15, 2018

Donald Trump has been criticized for his history of unsympathetic, ambiguous, and openly racist remarks. They may have reached fever pitch after he failed to condemn white supremacy in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, but perhaps no remark of Trump’s is more telling than his campaign pitch to Black Americans: “What the hell do you have to lose?” Bestselling author, political analyst, and civil rights expert Juan Williams took Town Hall’s stage to offer his take on just what Black Americans have to lose, and how Trump is threatening to take it away.

Williams cited observations from his book What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump’s War on Civil Rights, delivering a forceful critique of the Trump administration’s unprecedented rollback of key progressive programs and policies from the civil rights movement. He dove into the 1964 Civil Rights Act and told the lesser-known and forgotten stories of heroes like Bob Moses, A. Philip Randolph, and Everett Dirksen, who fought for voting rights, integration of public schools and spaces, and more. Join Williams for a history lesson about essential figures from the civil rights movement—contrasted with the Trump administration’s policies and intentions for America.

Recorded live at University Lutheran Church by Town Hall Seattle on Saturday, September 29, 2018.