EP 307: Rick Wilson on Trump, Giuliani, and "Vichy Republicans"
Republican strategist Rick Wilson was one of the very first conservatives to oppose Donald Trump and a co-founder of the #NeverTrump movement. Today he enumerate the many reasons why Trump is so abhorrent to him, how his opposition to Trump has caused him to feel like a pariah in his own party, and how he gets far more death threats from crazed Trump-supporters than he ever got from Democrats. He calls out the “vichy Republicans” in Washington who sold out out to Trump, and singles out former GOP Chairman Reince Priebus for special condemnation as the one man who could have stopped Trump from running away with his party’s nomination. He talks about the "island of misfit toys" that make up the President’s inner circle, how any person with experience and integrity inevitably leaves the Trump White House with his reputation in tatters, and we try to make sense of Rick’s former boss Rudy Giuliani. Rick picks apart what he calls the “But Gorsuch” argument, looks at the potential field of Republican challengers in 2020, and he speaks frankly about the inevitable fallout of the Trump Presidency and the long road ahead as the GOP struggles to rebuild its brand.
Order Rick Wilson’s book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever on Amazon and follow Rick on Twitter at @TheRickWilson. Today's podcast is sponsored by GooglePlay Audiobooks, Emma Email Marketing, and RelentlessMV.