Jake Tapper’s new book is The Hellfire Club.

Jake Tapper Talks About Donald Trump Six Days a Week on TV, but He Says Writing a Novel About…

Jake Tapper Talks About Donald Trump Six Days a Week on TV, but He Says Writing a Novel About…

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 8 2018 7:19 AM

Who Hurt You, Jake Tapper?

He talks about Trump six days a week on TV. To relax, he wrote a book about McCarthyism.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper prior to the start of the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas.

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Jake Tapper’s latest book is The Hellfire Club. It’s a work of historical fiction, a political thriller set in the 1950s as Washington was gripped by McCarthyism. Tapper says he saw echoes of President Donald Trump as he read about Sen. Joe McCarthy’s attacks on his political enemies. “The people who survived the ’50s with their reputations intact were the ones who stood up to McCarthy,” said Tapper. “Either decency and truth are important to you, or they’re not.” Tapper is the host of CNN’s The Lead and State of the Union.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.