President Trump posted a video on Twitter Sunday that shows him clotheslining a person with a CNN icon for a head. It’s footage repurposed from the days when Trump regularly appeared on Wrestlemania as a challenger to WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
Meanwhile, the sport of wrestling is showing up elsewhere. There’s GLOW, a new Netflix dramedy about women’s professional wrestling. There's also an Appalachian wrestler named The Progressive Liberal, who takes the persona of an East Coast wrestler competing on the semi-pro circuit dressed in a Hillary Clinton leotard. His signature move is cross-arm neckbreaker he calls “The Liberal Agenda” — and crowds love it.
Morning Shift explores this cultural moment when wrestling and politics are mixing it up on TV, in our nation’s capital and beyond.
We're joined by Chad, the mononymous co-host of the pro-wrestling podcast The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling and writer, producer and actor Fawzia Mirza. In her new film Signature Move, Mirza plays a thirty-something Pakistani Muslim lesbian in Chicago who also happens to be learning the art of professional wrestling.