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Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the… (original 2018; edição 2019)

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From Rick Wilson--longtime Republican strategist, political commentator, Daily Beast contributor--the #1 New York Times bestseller about the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism. In the #1 New York Times bestselling Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson delivers "a searingly honest, bitingly funny, comprehensive answer to the question we find ourselves asking most mornings: 'What the hell is going on?' (Chicago Tribune). The Guardian hails Everything Trump Touches Dies, saying it gives, "more unvarnished truths about Donald Trump than anyone else in the American political establishment has offered. Wilson never holds back." Rick mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history. Wilson unblinkingly dismantles Trump's deceptions and the illusions to which his supporters cling, shedding light on the guilty parties who empower and enable Trump in Washington and in the media. He calls out the race-war dead-enders who hitched a ride with Trump, the alt-right basement dwellers who worship him, and the social conservatives who looked the other way. Publishers Weekly calls it, "a scathing, profane, unflinching, and laugh-out-loud funny rebuke of Donald Trump and his presidency." No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right. A leader of the Never Trump movement, he warned from the start that Trump would destroy the lives and reputations of everyone in his orbit, and Everything Trump Touches Dies is a deft chronicle the tragicomic political story of our time. From the early campaign days through the shock of election night, to the inconceivable train-wreck of Trump's first year. Rick Wilson provides not only an insightful analysis of the Trump administration, but also an optimistic path forward for the GOP, the conservative movement, and the country. "Hilarious, smartly written, and usually spot-on" (Kirkus Reviews), Everything Trump Touches Dies is perfect for those on either side of the aisle who need a dose of unvarnished reality, a good laugh, a strong cocktail, and a return to sanity in American politics.… (mais)
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Título:Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever
Autores:Rick Wilson (Autor)
Informação:Free Press (2019), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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And on that note I take a break from reading books on poli—Damn! New Michael Lewis book out about government!? ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
No question that Wilson has a way with words, especially of the derogatory kind. But in between the quips, is a serious examination of how Trump has moved the traditional GOP completely off its conservative philosophy roots. He has little respect for the new GOP, a sycophantic oleaginous breed (to quote George Will) that thinks of nothing but collecting as much money for themselves and getting reelected.

They have apparently bought into the Trump way of doing business: borrow as much money as possible then stiff the contractors and workers, default on the loans, skim as much as possible, repeat infinitely. He thought he could do that in office. We have now learned from Rex Tillerson that the legality of a policy was irrelevant. Trump would just fire and replace with someone with fewer scruples. And then call the former names. Tillerson remarked about Trump, "It was challenging for me, coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented Exxon Mobil Corporation, to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn't like to read, doesn't read briefing reports, doesn't like to get into the details of a lot things." Trump bragged about being a non-reader and being undisciplined.

Some of the more juicy quotes:

“Everything about Trump’s opening speech was moral poison to anyone who believed in any part of the American dream. Everything about his nationalist hucksterism smelled like … a knock on the door of authoritarian statism.”
The right is “merrily on board with a lunatic with delusions of godhood”.
“There’s an odds-on chance that our grandchildren will hear this tale while hunched over guttering fires in the ruins of a radioactive Mad Max-style hellscape.” One can only hope Wilson is not prescient.
“All the things evangelicals had said for generations that made a candidate anathema were suddenly just fine … Being a goddamned degenerate pussy-grabber with a lifetime of adultery, venality, and dishonesty is not, to my knowledge, one of the core tenets of the Christian faith … Trump has opened entirely new theological avenues … There is literally not one aspect of Trump’s behavior as a citizen, a husband, and as a man that shows the slightest scintilla of repentance for anything, ever.”
The tax bill was a masterwork of “gigantic government giveaways, unfunded spending, massive debt and deficits, and a catalogue of crony capitalist freebies”.
Trump's far-flung empire of bullshit makes the Teapot Dome scandal look like a warm-up act in the Corruption Olympics. Trump has surrounded himself with Wall Street alumni “who have behaved with weapons-grade venality … and Master of the Dick affects. They were there … only for the tax bill. Nothing else ever mattered to any of them.”

The Trump administration has been “a hotbed of remarkably obvious pay-to-play and crony capitalist game-playing. How obvious? Think 1970s Times Square hooker on the corner obvious … The degree to which this president has monetized the presidency for the direct benefit of himself, his soft-jawed offspring, and his far-flung empire of bullshit makes the Teapot Dome scandal look like a warm-up act in the Corruption Olympics.”
The presidency “hasn’t been an endless exercise in self-fellation, until now”.
Wilson is sure the reason why Trump is so reluctant to release his taxes is that it will reveal numerous instances of "loans" that were really income received from Russian oligarchs through shell companies with no expectation they woujld ever be paid back. Paul Manafort got in serious trouble for the same shenanigans. It has a name: tax fraud.
The question now (read just after the Capitol insurrection) is whether the thing that dies will be the GOP. ( )
  ecw0647 | Jan 22, 2021 |
It is hard to argue with much of what Wilson has to say about Trump, his enablers and defenders, including figures like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and various figures in the "Alt-Right." But while acknowledging that the worst aspects of Trumpism didn't begin with the Dear Leader himself, he doesn't fully come to terms with the role of Republican leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and John McCain (by picking Sarah Palin as his running mate), in making a Trump presidency possible. Wilson denounces Paul Ryan for his enabling Trump and the lack of courage to speak up and act to fight to preserve Congress's role as a coequal branch of government, but he has too little to say, for example, about the GOP leaders whose responses to Trump's birther campaign against President Obama helped to create the 2015-16 Trump phenomenon. When Wilson steps into his traditional GOP role, dishing out attacks on Democrats and liberals, he sounds a lot like the party operatives he sometimes condemns in these pages. It's worth noting that he is still one of them and likely will be again.

Probably, the best response to this type of work is to welcome it and acknowledge that for now there is one big fight worth waging, and all allies in the effort to defeat Trumpism must be welcomed until that fight is won. But it is also wise to remember that some of those in the Never Trump movement will never be true allies of those who oppose Trump's GOP from across the partisan divide. Wilson is an entertaining writer and commentator, and he remains a partisan GOP strategist and man of the right. ( )
  STLreader | Aug 15, 2020 |
Full disclosure: I am not a republican, nor am I a fan of Rick Wilson's political/personal attack campaign strategies. I did, however, think it would be interesting to see the Trump Issue from a lifelong republican insider perspective.

To say I'm disappointed is a whopping understatement.

A postive to start with: Wilson has an entertaining, easily accessible writing style, with occasional moments of real humor. I was especially interested in the opening chapters, as we see how and why Trump, a grumpy reality TV star with terrible business sense, made it to the highest office in our country.

Now, what I disliked: Rick Wilson is as adept at name-calling and bullying as Trump is. We have a steady barrage of insults throughout the book. I found the childish name-calling excessive, and I thought the juvenile approach trivialized the seriousness of the subject matter.

Wilson includes a section directed at democrats. Here, I was hoping for a grownup to step in and help bridge this ever-growing party divide. But no, Wilson instead lumped all democrats into the stupid libtard category, overgeneralizing concepts and mostly saying we should all be republicans.

Then we get to the section on racism, where he dumps the current crisis solely in the lap of Trump and the alt-right. He clearly worships the republican party, effectively freeing them all of any association with racist views over the years. Also, every single republican president prior to Trump was perfect, and every democratic president only managed to not screw things up because republicans held them in check. C'mon.

So, while I did manage to read this book, I had to take frequent breaks because this author makes me almost as angry as one of Trump's tweets. If his intent was to help Trump polarize the country, he succeeded. ( )
  Darcia | Jul 25, 2020 |
A hilarious extended exercise in invective by a conservative operative who drew the line at supporting Trump. He takes on anyone and everyone—though the one target he doesn’t aim at much is Russia.

This liberal enjoyed reading it. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
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That anger they feel each time we remind them of the gulf between conservatism and Trumpism is the pain of their souls trying to renter their bodies.
I missed the part in Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution about kissing the president’s ass 24/7, but apparently Pence found it.
Honestly, I expect you to think of me as being morally ambiguous, politically opportunistic, vicious, spiteful, and committed to my bottom line before anything good or wholesome.  Spoiler: mostly true.
In all, 34% of the White House staff was gone in the first year, a number unprecedented in any country that isn't run by pirates, drug lords, or cannibal dictators. And yes, it gave us more than a bit of pleasure to say we told you so.

From Masters of the Trump Universe to disgraced, unemployed, and unemployable laughingstock is a bad look on anyone, but the personnel meat-grinder of this White House has those of us on the outside looking at them with a weapons-grade case of schadenfreude. (Chapter 10: "Welcome to Hell")
No, not every Trump supporter is a racist, xenophobic, alt-reich man-child.

However, every racist, xenophobic, alt-reich man-child is a Trump supporter. [...] Xenophobic fury at brown people coming here to live a better life doesn't motivate every person who voted for Trump, But every single person motivated by a xenophobic fury at brown people coming here to live a better life was a Trump voter, and he shamelessly, consistently, and viciously played that card on the campaign trail and in office.

Trumpsplainers have demanded since the election that we listen to the Trump voters and that we understand their anxiety and their sense that Washington has betrayed them for decades. These may be true and explicable motivations for their choice of Trump, but those normalizing this president tend to elide and dismiss the centrality of racial animus and anti-immigrant hysteria in Trump's campaign, his supporters, and his government. (Chapter 15: "The Alt-Reich")
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From Rick Wilson--longtime Republican strategist, political commentator, Daily Beast contributor--the #1 New York Times bestseller about the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism. In the #1 New York Times bestselling Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson delivers "a searingly honest, bitingly funny, comprehensive answer to the question we find ourselves asking most mornings: 'What the hell is going on?' (Chicago Tribune). The Guardian hails Everything Trump Touches Dies, saying it gives, "more unvarnished truths about Donald Trump than anyone else in the American political establishment has offered. Wilson never holds back." Rick mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history. Wilson unblinkingly dismantles Trump's deceptions and the illusions to which his supporters cling, shedding light on the guilty parties who empower and enable Trump in Washington and in the media. He calls out the race-war dead-enders who hitched a ride with Trump, the alt-right basement dwellers who worship him, and the social conservatives who looked the other way. Publishers Weekly calls it, "a scathing, profane, unflinching, and laugh-out-loud funny rebuke of Donald Trump and his presidency." No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right. A leader of the Never Trump movement, he warned from the start that Trump would destroy the lives and reputations of everyone in his orbit, and Everything Trump Touches Dies is a deft chronicle the tragicomic political story of our time. From the early campaign days through the shock of election night, to the inconceivable train-wreck of Trump's first year. Rick Wilson provides not only an insightful analysis of the Trump administration, but also an optimistic path forward for the GOP, the conservative movement, and the country. "Hilarious, smartly written, and usually spot-on" (Kirkus Reviews), Everything Trump Touches Dies is perfect for those on either side of the aisle who need a dose of unvarnished reality, a good laugh, a strong cocktail, and a return to sanity in American politics.

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