White House, Aisha Sultan, Jeff Yang discussed on They Call Us Bruce

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Low end. Welcome to another edition of us bruce. None kilter conversation about what's happening in asia america which includes the white house. I'm bill you. And i'm jeff yang and yes. The white house got a little bit less white over the last couple of days. We are exhausted. We are mentally physically may even spiritually very very tired. All of us as americans i think. But we're also tonight kind of exultant and sitting the essentially the stoop of history. So we thought it'd be a fantastic opportunity for us to just get our thoughts out there with some are are close closest friends in just smartest hot takers. That could actually reach out to <hes>. We want to welcome to the podcast to talk about the election election. Twenty twenty gen fang <hes>. Friend of ours. Friend of the show blogger behind the appropriate and aisha sultan who is a syndicated columnist based at the st louis post dispatch and just as personal round many many different hyphen. Tash her. i walked thank you so much. Thanks for having me on for the very first time now. Welcome and thank you much for having me two guys. Welcome back your back boy. So okay so this one this episode together pretty quickly because you know. We woke up this morning to some major news and after the shock of that and are quick twitter takes. I texted jaffna like yo. I think we got record episode tonight. So let's get some smart people on and let's let's do this so smart people welcome. What were your respective first thoughts when you heard the news and let's be honest here we've been we've been all just far too far out on that limb of wondering whether or not the future of our republic was strong aisha <unk>. I mean how did it feel. What did you feel so <hes>. I'm a public writer <unk>. In writing in a red state. I'm in missouri and i write too frequently <hes>. Ideas and things that challenge a lot of my readers here <hes>. Humanely disagreed little <hes>. Some of the things. I have to say and ever since the last election cycle the response to a lot of where i wrote got much more personal much more bigoted. Much more violent nasty. I think you know all all of us probably experienced that to some extent but <hes>. And you know we're used to as journalists public writers. We're used to harsh criticism but it felt very different and <hes>. I feel like i did take an emotional toll on me. And i felt like for the i. Guess almost five years because it started before the last election <hes>. I feel like. I was really questioning whether the work i did even mattered. I was wondering if truth even mattered in this country. I wondered if people even had enough empathy to care about the stories. I was telling and honestly jeff i was ready to <hes>. Look for different job or do something different. If this election it turned out differently. I had thought this all through. Because i didn't see any meaning in it and so there is so much and beyond being a muslim woman. A brown woman a south asian woman <hes> and mother <hes>. I just felt like there was so much personally writing on his election for me. And so when i heard that it was official they called it. <hes> i don't know that i could even intellectually process that moment because there was such a physiological flood of emotion in my body.

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