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Jeh Johnson on a Week of Hate and the Importance of the Vote

Jeh Johnson on a Week of Hate and the Importance of the Vote

After a particularly trying week, Daniella and Ed speak with former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson about the importance of voting this November.

From racially motivated killings in Kentucky, to pipe bombs mailed to prominent officials, to murders in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the nation endured a particularly trying week. In normal times, we might rely on our president to step in and serve as healer-in-chief—a task that past presidents of all political stripes have dutifully performed. But these are not normal times. Five days out from the hugely consequential midterm elections, Jeh Johnson, former secretary of homeland security under former President Barack Obama, joined the pod to break down the past week of hate, the ongoing threats to our election infrastructure, and the imperative of voting in the face of it all.

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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy


Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Kyle Epstein

Manager, Media Relations

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications