President Donald Trump made a swing through New Hampshire today — the state he once called “a drug-infested den” — to unveil his plan to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. His proposal includes a push to pursue the death penalty for drug dealers, but the speech felt like merely a sidebar in the ongoing White House reality show drama.

On Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just a day shy of his retirement. Then Trump’s attorney John Dowd followed up by calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to bring an end to the Russia investigation. On top of that, this afternoon, The New York Times reported that Trump has hired a new lawyer to assist with the Russia investigation — an attorney who has been pushing the conspiracy theory that Trump was framed by the FBI and the Justice Department.


Heather Cox Richardson, a history professor at Boston College, and Tom Whalen, a professor of social science at Boston University, joined Jim Braude to discuss the whether Trump has a larger strategy behind all of this or if it is just Trump being Trump.