Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever

Rick Wilson. Free Press, $27 (336p) ISBN 978-1-98-210312-5
Veteran GOP political strategist Wilson, who for decades was a top Republican attack dog and was the guy the party relied on to craft its message and strategy, offers a scathing, profane, unflinching, and laugh-out-loud funny rebuke of Donald Trump and his presidency. With the insight of an insider turned outsider in his own party, Wilson goes after every manifestation of Trumpism: the overt racism, especially the message surrounding “the Wall” (which Wilson dubs “Douche- henge”); Breitbart, Fox News, and the “diseased slurry of fake news, post-truth Trumpism, and Russkie agitprop” in the conservative media; the logic-defying embrace by Evangelical Christians of Trump (“a walking, talking, porn-star-screwing offense to their every belief”); and of course Trump’s ego-driven, “clownish” leadership. “Donald Trump is like a monster from the laboratory of a jackass mad scientist, built to represent the perfect antithesis of Washington’s example,” Wilson writes. Beyond the barbs, Wilson delivers an urgent message to traditional conservatives: take back the Republican party before it’s too late. “The old, abandoned face of politics that emphasized smarts, seriousness, and stature needs a comeback over the Trumpian politics-as-professional-wrestling model,” he writes. Trump supporters may dismiss Wilson’s vitriol as the cathartic screed of a “Never Trump” Republican dinosaur, but those who share his views will find this rewarding. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/06/2018
Release date: 08/21/2018
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