Randy Barnett on Trump, the Supreme Court, and the Future of the Republican Party

Is the GOP becoming the party of European-style nationalism?


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"If Trump takes over the Republican Party it's likely to become a right-wing nationalist party of the kind you see in Europe," says Randy Barnett, who's a law professor at Georgetown and the author most recently of Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People.

Barnett wrote a column for USA Today last March calling for disaffected Republicans to consider a third-party candidate in the event that Donald Trump becomes the party nominee. Reason TV's Nick Gillespie sat down with Barnett to discuss the GOP's future, what the 2016 election portends, and why Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was right to apologize for her critical remarks about Trump.

"Judges have to at least act like they are above that sort of thing," Barnett explains. "It's certainly foreseeable that a case involving the Trump campaign could come before the Court in the next few months [and]…she couldn't possibly sit on that case now."

Approximately 8 minutes.

Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Austin Bragg. Shot by Meredith Bragg, Jim Epstein, and Justin Monticello.

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