The View: Rachel Maddow (ABC, June 18, 2024)

The View

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, The View welcomes journalist and podcast host Rachel Maddow to the table. Maddow will discuss the second season of her podcast “Ultra,” which explores the history of right-wing extremism in America and its parallels to modern-day politics.

Journalist and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has expanded her storytelling repertoire with the launch of “Ultra,” a narrative-style podcast that uncovers forgotten chapters of right-wing extremism in America. The first season of “Ultra” explored the Great Sedition Trial of 1944, exposing a Nazi agent’s infiltration of Congress and their collusion with over 20 sitting members in a plot to overthrow the U.S. government during World War II.

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The recently premiered second season transports listeners back to the postwar 1950s, introducing an American fascist who becomes a mole inside the war crimes trials, working for the Nazis and playing a significant role in American Holocaust denial. This season also showcases the rivalry between two senators, one perpetuating a Nazi propaganda hoax in the Senate and the other attempting to stop them, ultimately leading to blackmail and tragedy.

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Maddow highlights the striking parallels between these historical events and the demagoguery of former President Donald Trump, underscoring the recurring threat of right-wing extremism in American politics. By uncovering these forgotten stories, Maddow provides crucial context for understanding the political landscape of the present.

The View airs Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. on ABC.

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