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The Handoff: Trump’s influence on the GOP

The Handoff: Trump’s influence on the GOP


The love viewers witness between CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo in the handoff between their shows each night is real. Now they’re stepping out from behind the anchor desk for a weekly conversation where nothing is off limits. With no broadcast clock to hold them back, Chris and Don talk politics and get personal.

  • What’s in a Name?

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    This week, Chris and Don debate former President Donald Trump’s influence over the GOP and his opinion of Gen. Colin Powell’s legacy. Don also sets the record straight about his middle name and reflects on his new post-pandemic social life.    

  • Read the Room

    This week, Don and Chris tackle free speech and the controversy over Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special. They also discuss how Democrats may already be jeopardizing their chances in 2024. 

  • An Antidote to Fear

    As Facebook goes under the microscope, Chris and Don discuss the pros and perils of social media. Plus, a sculpture of George Floyd is defaced in New York — just the latest example of contributing to chaos and anger in America. 

  • Freedom Has a Responsibility

    Don and Chris weigh in on star athletes and vaccine hesitancy. They also discuss why going back to the office is important for the future of work and why regulations for social media are long overdue.

  • The Mom Episode

    Don and Chris open up about how their mothers have shaped their lives. They discuss the blessings, as well as challenges that come with caring for aging parents. And Chris’s mom makes a surprise appearance after celebrating her 90th birthday. 

  • Big Names, Big Influence

    Celebrities can have an outsized influence on the way we think. Don and Chris discuss three public figures making headlines lately, on Twitter and at the Met Gala. They also talk about the importance of being able to respectfully disagree with each other. 

  • All Pain is Personal

    To kick off season two, Chris asks a loaded question: are you happy? Don and Chris discuss managing anxiety, depression, and physical pain over the last few years. They also share personal reflections as we approach the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. 

  • We Made Ourselves Sick

    Chris and Don discuss coexisting with the coronavirus in the long term. From booster shots to conserving water in Florida, the Delta variant is necessitating extra precautions. Will it be like this forever?

  • I Love You More Than Pecan Pie

    Don and Chris talk about what’s next for Afghanistan and then turn to the home front for the latest on the battle against Covid. Don also catches Chris up on his latest TV obsession: “White Lotus”.

  • Airing America’s Dirty Laundry

    Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone — this episode’s special guest — is still recovering from January 6th, and not just physically. That day changed everything from his mental health to his political views. He and Don discuss the past 8 months, from the TV classics he’s been watching to what his future might hold.

The Handoff: Trump’s influence on the GOP