Shadi Hamid On How COVID And Riots Compounded Our Distrust In Elites

Shadi Hamid On How COVID And Riots Compounded Our Distrust In Elites


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Shadi Hamid joined host Ben Domenech to discuss what the past few months have revealed about our country and how they have shaped public opinion on our country’s leadership. Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, a contributing writer at The Atlantic, and author of several books, including his most recent, “Islamic Exceptionalism.”

Hamid argued that the reaction by so-called experts concerning quarantine and the recent protests following the death of George Floyd have revealed how untrustworthy they are. Their constantly changing opinion during quarantine, Hamid said, has caused him to lose faith in those in powerful positions. He added the experts have further undermined their position by putting politics above themselves in regards to the protests.

“What I’ve seen in the COVID period is that you can’t really trust experts all that much. As if we had to be reminded of that, we were,” he said. “We have the best and the brightest, we have the great medical professionals, epidemiologists, so on and so forth. But they got quite a few things wrong and that led to a lot of what I saw as growing distrust toward elites.”

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