Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era | UpFront special

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Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era | UpFront special 4

"The most predictable aspect of Trump is unpredictability. I think it’s dangerous, very dangerous," says Noam Chomsky.

In a special UpFront interview, renowned US academic and public intellectual Noam Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the implications of a Donald Trump presidency, on both domestic and global issues.

"He certainly is off the spectrum. There's never been anything like him," says Chomsky, an award-winning author, who is witnessing the 16th president over the course of his lifetime.

"He has no background at all in any political activities. Never held office, been interested in office. He has no known political positions," says Chomsky. "He's basically a showman."

Chomsky, who has spent decades critiquing US presidents, calls Trump an "ignorant, thin-skinned megalomaniac" and a "greater evil" than Hillary Clinton.

"Do you vote against the greater evil if you don't happen to like the other candidate? The answer to that is yes," says Chomsky, on Americans who cast their votes for third party candidates or simply stayed home on election day.

"If you have any moral understanding, you want to keep the greater evil out," says Chomsky. "I didn't like Clinton at all, but her positions are much better than Trump's on every issue I can think of."

In this interview, Mehdi Hasan and Chomsky talk Trump.

Reality Check - Did racism Trump economic anxiety in US election?

Before people took to the polls to elect a new president, analysts predicted that Hillary Clinton would win by a landslide. But in a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump nabbed the top spot.

How did Trump manage to win? Was it a boost from the economically "left-behind", as many seem to think, or did racism play a larger role?

In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan shows how it wasn't just economic concerns that drove voters into Trump's hands, but mostly racial resentment.

💬 Comments on the video

Please allow Noam to finish his sentences. We are actually interested in what he has to

Author — Taunny Lippiatt


"People say many things. I look at the facts." 😂

Author — G Respress


Sensationalist media interviewing a serious intellectual. Chomsky is schooling him 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Author — Juan Fernando Montes


The interviewer is good for interviewing faceless politicians and dubious people. He does not have temperament or manners to talk to Noam Chomsky.

Author — 230968


Please will the "interviewer", NOT interrupt Chomsky, when he is trying to answer his question.

Author — Beryl Ackermann


Noam Chomsky stays classy despite this rude interviewer

Author — Michael Holmes


What a totally biased interviewer, you will never get Chomsky to say what he doesn't think!

Author — Random Geezer


Prof. Chomsky sticks to reason during this interview by Al Jazeera. He has been through verbal battles like this many times in his life and he is not budging an inch.

Author — Mr. Leiduowen


I didn’t click on this to listen to Noam Chomsky’s responses to Mehdi Hasan’s opinions (framed as questions).

Author — John Doe


To the interviewer, when you are conversing with a Wise Man, speak seldom, listen intently, and don't interrupt his stream of consciousness with your limited understanding. In other words, why block the blessing.

Author — Dimitri. L. Clark.


What an absolutely intolerable interviewer. Thankfully Chomsky calmly and patiently corrects him after his many poorly posed questions and assumptions.

Author — Charlie Andor


Wow someone is pushing their personal opinion on the guest

Author — Yeah Sev


Why is this journalist fear-mongering and comes to the interview with a preconceived notion as to what Naom would say when his job requires him to be objective and rational?

Author — Henok Afewerki


As a tip for the future, please stop cutting off the person you are interviewing. I know you want to have a conversation, but people want to listen to him. It's disrupting and bothersome, I don't know if I will finish the video now. Also, it seems rude to do to anyone, especially someone who is so established, (regardless of what you think of his views)

Author — Ryan Doede


Noam Chomsky is a genius. This interview was taken in 2016 and in May 2019 I salute him for his insight.

Author — 230968


Ffs let him speak you fool you might learn something

Author — Ian Cook


I'm an admirer of Professor Chomsky, and I didn't think the interviewer was rude or obstructive at all. The interviewer brought up excellent points, and let Chomsky respond to them.

Author — BenjaminFranklin99


Interviewer fails to bully or bait Chomsky. Score: Chomsky 1, Interviewer 0

Author — Nunya Bidnez


this host keeps trying to put words into chomskys mouth.

Author — greeneyez4u411


Mr Hasan doesn't want a conversation. He is clearly fishing for sensationalist sound bites.

Author — Dobbs Mill