Why Donald Trump is a racist rapist. Down With Tyranny’s Howie Klein on why Bernie will be our next president. Think Progress’s LGBTQ Editor Zack Ford on Empire’s Jussie Smollett. Comedians Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling and Kevin Bartini. Gentleman Farmer Jon Ross.

Topics: Alva Johnson says Trump assaulted her, New York Times reports 70 percent of Catholic priests might be gay, including Pope Benedict, David finally fills out his Oscar ballot.

Time Code: Jon Ross 0:15 Howie Klein 9:28 Zack Ford 38:22 Kevin Bartini 1:15:46 Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling 1:45:04

Zack Ford

Zack covers LGBTQ issues for ThinkProgress.org

Zack Ford is the LGBTQ Editor at ThinkProgress.org, where he has covered issues related to marriage equality, transgender rights, education, and “religious freedom,” in additional to daily political news. In 2014, The Advocate named Zack one of its “40 under 40” in LGBT media, describing him as “one of the most influential journalists online.” He has a passion for education, having received a Bachelor’s in Music Education at Ithaca College and a Master’s in Higher Education at Iowa State University, and he relishes opportunities to return to classroom settings to discuss social justice issues with students. He can be reached at zford@thinkprogress.org.

Howie Klein

From Blue America and Down with Tyranny

Howie Klein is the founder and treasurer of the Blue America PAC, which raises money for Progressive candidates. He also writes Down With Tyranny.

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Jon Ross

Writer, Actor, Gentleman Farmer

Jon has written for some of your favorite sitcoms and variety shows and is a winner of the prestigious Writers Guild Award for Comedy Writing. As a comic he has appeared on all your favorite and not so favorite television shows.

Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling

Comic

Stand-up comedian, writer, radio personality, author, and actor. Jackie is best known as the former head writer for The Howard Stern Show from 1983 to 2001.

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Kevin Bartini

Comic

After establishing his bona fides in the top comedy clubs of NYC and studying with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Kevin was discovered by Jon Stewart, who hired him to warm up his audiences at The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

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