The Myriad Misdeeds of Moscow Mitch McConnell

From Kentucky to the coronavirus.

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Episode Notes

How did Mitch McConnell become Trump’s enabler-in-chief? Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker, about McConnell’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, his connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Rusal’s Kentucky investment, the business endeavors of his wife Elaine Chao, and his feelings about the nickname “Moscow Mitch.”

Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Richard Stanislaw.

Further Reading:

How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-In-Chief” by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker

About the Show

A podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.

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  • Virginia Heffernan is a contributing editor at Wired, a columnist at the Los Angeles Times, and a co-host of Trumpcast.