Everything Trump Touches Dies
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA respected, long-time Republican strategist, ad-maker, and contributor for The Daily Beast, skewers the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism.In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history.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 warns his own party of the political catastrophe that leaves everyone involved with Trump with reputations destroyed and lives in tatters.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 the news 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.Everything Trump Touches Dies deftly chronicles the tragicomic Trump story from the early campaign days through the shock of election night, to the inconceivable trainwreck 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. Combining insider political analysis, blunt truths, and black humor, 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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TitleEverything Trump Touches Dies
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherFree Press
ISBN-139781982103125
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GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Audiobook

Everything Trump Touches Dies Review

  • Bill Kerwin
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Wilson—the most viciously funny of the Never Trumpers—has no illusions about who he is or what he does. He is a libertarian/conservative making a living as a political consultant, but not the high-minded, high-profile, Steve Schmidt kind of consultant, but rather—in Wilson’s words—a “gleeful hatchet man for the GOP”: I am the guy you call when it’s time to run the ads that end the campaign, in part because my skin is thick enough to endure the inevitable screeching and rending of garments Rick Wilson—the most viciously funny of the Never Trumpers—has no illusions about who he is or what he does. He is a libertarian/conservative making a living as a political consultant, but not the high-minded, high-profile, Steve Schmidt kind of consultant, but rather—in Wilson’s words—a “gleeful hatchet man for the GOP”: I am the guy you call when it’s time to run the ads that end the campaign, in part because my skin is thick enough to endure the inevitable screeching and rending of garments that come when it’s time to wade into the fight. You call me when you’re in back of the police car outside the shady massage parlor and you have to be on the floor of Congress to vote in 24 hours. . But even though he’s a street fighter by nature, Wilson has his limits: When Trump slithered down the golden escalator in his eponymous tower in 2015, I felt bile rising in my throat. This guy? This jackass? I was quite sure nothing had changed about his blustering ego, fever-swamp birtherism, and con-artist modus operandi. Given the ideological underpinnings of Trumpism—slurry of barely coherent nationalism, third-world generalissimo swagger, and the worst economic ideas of the 19th century—I recognized he was an existential risk to the country, win or lose. In 2016 Rick Wilson helped Evan McMullin with his independent presidential campaign; in 2017 he crafted the ads for Doug Jone's senate campaign that contributed to Judge Roy Moore’s defeat. These days, you can catch him as a talking head on MSNBC and elsewhere, plugging this book and eviscerating all things Trump.It will come as no surprise that Wilson, given his background, excels at the art of personal attack. He is good at crafting a cutting witticism, even better at a no-holds-barred comic takedown. But he is worth listening to on many other matters as well: the hypocrisy of the religious right, the wrong-headedness of tariffs, and the myth of voter fraud are a few topics that come immediately to mind.Still, it is Wilson’s vituperative portraits of the Trump’s enablers and Trumpistas that give Everything Trump Touches Dies its unique charm. There are a lot of these caricatures, and althought they occasionally miss the mark, the best of them linger in the memory.Here are a few of my favorites: TED CRUZThe Faustian bargain Cruz made in his efforts to win over Trump voters has reduced him from Republican Party rock star to something akin to a Trump World house pet: tolerated, occasionally praised, but mostly kept out of sight lest he soil the carpets.NEWT GINGRICHAs far as ideologies go, the men had nothing in common. Gingrich had one; Trump didn’t. The only similarity in the two men was a chain of broken wedding vows and bitter ex-wives. MIKE PENCEBecause of Trump’s enormous, delicate ego, Pence has been forced to recalibrate the role of vice president. I missed the part in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution about kissing the presiden’ts ass 24/7, but apparently Pence found it.SEAN HANNITYHe even spends his evenings on the phone with the president. I can’t help imagining them like a pair of teenage girls on their Princess phones. “You hang up first.” “No, you hang up first.” “Love you.” “Love you more.”ANN COULTERHer arc, like that of the so many Trump backers in conservative media, could only ever end in one way: hot, angry tears and a morning-after binge of chain-smoking Marlboro Reds, hammering back indifferent box-wine Chardonnay, and devouring the souls of orphans.CARTER PAGEProfoundly disconnected, socially awkward, and reeking of late-stage virginity, he gives off the creepy Uncanny Valley vibe of a rogue, possibly murderous android or of a man with a too-extensive knowledge of human taxidermy and a soundproofed van.STEPHEN MILLERAs the classic ideological scavenger inside the walls of government, Miller looks the part: the archetypal sneaking little crapweasel who plays the DC game to the hilt, pursuing his agends instead of those that would be good for either his principal or the country. Watching Miller, I am haunted by how little humanity is behind those 32-year-old eyes.MELANIAShe is equipped with a magnificent resting bitch face in good times and bad, and her smile collapsing into a poker face whenever he turns away from her at White House events is the political equivalent of a fake orgasm, a performance for an audience of one, hoping to rush things along so she can get back to her Peloton.
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  • Mikhail
    January 1, 1970
    So, this is the first contemporary political book I have ever read (as opposed to historical books on politics, which I have looooong lost count of). It's... fun. It's basically a 300-page rant by Rick Wilson about Trump, which is leavened by the fact that Wilson is actually a rather entertaining ranter -- he's witty, erudite, periodically profane, and really knows his stuff when it comes to politics. I respect the man considerably, even though I'm about ninety degrees to the left of him. Though So, this is the first contemporary political book I have ever read (as opposed to historical books on politics, which I have looooong lost count of). It's... fun. It's basically a 300-page rant by Rick Wilson about Trump, which is leavened by the fact that Wilson is actually a rather entertaining ranter -- he's witty, erudite, periodically profane, and really knows his stuff when it comes to politics. I respect the man considerably, even though I'm about ninety degrees to the left of him. Though perhaps if more Republicans were like Wilson, I wouldn't be.So it's fun. At the same time, there's very little 'new' here if you follow politics with a more-than-casual eye. It's basically the literary version of a jawboning session with your friends over a pint.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    I think I need a new bookshelf: "Books that keep me sane in a crazy world." This one is the first on that shelf.Make no mistake, Rick Wilson is a conservative Republican strategist. He and I would nod coldly at a party and go talk to others, but man, this guy is someone you don't want on your enemy's list. He describes himself at the beginning as the guy you call in when you need a nasty hit ad on your opponent...he goes for the throat, and he does so gleefully.From the first sentence to the las I think I need a new bookshelf: "Books that keep me sane in a crazy world." This one is the first on that shelf.Make no mistake, Rick Wilson is a conservative Republican strategist. He and I would nod coldly at a party and go talk to others, but man, this guy is someone you don't want on your enemy's list. He describes himself at the beginning as the guy you call in when you need a nasty hit ad on your opponent...he goes for the throat, and he does so gleefully.From the first sentence to the last, I felt an affinity for his frustration and anger..."If you're like me, the Trump presidency has turned you into a light sleeper."Wilson sets out the conservative position on "Never Trump," and he makes a convincing argument that #ETTD...He calls the current Republicans who manage to tie themselves in knots to excuse Trump's behavior, "Vichy Republicans." His scorn is clear.He talks about the candidates Trump demeaned, insulted, on his way to the GOP nomination...he talks about the career politicians who fit one of five descriptions: True Believers, Opportunists, Cowards (FOMT -- fear of a mean tweet, FOTB -- fear of Trump's base, BTP -- But the primaries!) Rationalizers, and Retirees...and the only one to stand up to him is the Senator who's home, dying.What has the GOP lost, in Wilson's eyes? Only leadership, dignity, truth, facts, vision, optimism, focus, unity...that's all.Don't think he goes light on Dems: 'Holisitically bad at politics, both on election day, and in the cut-and-thrust of DC. He reminds us we lost 1100 seats in state legislatures. And in OK, that hurts every day.He calls FOX News the fourth branch of government...and shows how some of them are going down...dying by Trump's touch: Milo, "TrumpBart", Alex Jones, Ann Coulter.He attacks Trump's Misfit Toys: Bannon, Manafort, Stone, Page, Cohen, Conway, Miller, Sanders, Gorka...think about how many are gone.He explains the "electoral poison" Trump is turning out to be...yes, the 'base' loves him. But "He does not translate outside the base..." He is proud of his anti-Roy Moore and explains how very carefully they targeted that ad...and it was targeted to educated women who were repelled by Moore's vileness. So, he'll work against GOP candidates, as well as for.He holds two visions of the GOP -- one a Mad Max world, and one a party that exiles the Nazis, the Alt-Reich, who who's ready to govern like adults.Wilson is wicked smart...you can see him gleefully creating an attack ad. He uses words as weapons, and he knows all the words. And if there's not a word to express exactly what he wants, he'll make one up. Wilson and his friends are probably our only hope...maybe they can bring the GOP back to the party my father would recognize.
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  • Terence M
    January 1, 1970
    August 22, 2018 – 5.0% "Did Not Read - scanned through audiobook only"I bought this yesterday, 22/08/18, thinking it might add something interesting to my limited non-media knowledge of Donald Trump.I was not impressed with the scan, and this, plus reading the highest rated review on Goodreads, makes this a DNF without even trying. As an Aussie, I do not think I should be making comments about the President of the USA, adverse or otherwise, in this public forum.
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  • Delia Turner
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    “The monster is out of its cage, and its new trainers (both here and in Russia) encourage only its dumbest, darkest, most capricious, cruel and violent behaviors. This book is, I hope, one of a number of poison darts in the neck of the monster.”I’ve been enjoying Rick Wilson on Twitter and was looking forward to his first book. He doesn’t disappoint (or pull punches)! As he’s known to say, he guts Trump (“Grandpa Ranty” “President Shithole”) like a fish. So reassuring to have a reasonable, intel “The monster is out of its cage, and its new trainers (both here and in Russia) encourage only its dumbest, darkest, most capricious, cruel and violent behaviors. This book is, I hope, one of a number of poison darts in the neck of the monster.”I’ve been enjoying Rick Wilson on Twitter and was looking forward to his first book. He doesn’t disappoint (or pull punches)! As he’s known to say, he guts Trump (“Grandpa Ranty” “President Shithole”) like a fish. So reassuring to have a reasonable, intelligent, mature, experienced, funny guy dissect MAGA (“the sewage tank of nationalist populism”) and Dear Leader. Rick needs to speak out ever more. He should have his own TV show. He’s great with Bill Maher and Don Lemon. Looking forward to his next book, too. I have read up on Trump. Rick really gets him and DC. This is the best account of what the hell happened to us.“Every oath Trump has ever sworn, every promise he’s made in business, or in his personal life is contingent on his moods, personal beefs, incoherent rages, bizarre conspiracy theories, poor impulse control, horndog nature, and raging venality.”“The mythology of Donald Trump’s rise to the Oval Office is rich in Trump-aggrandizing explanations that ignore the enablers, normalizers, media fellators, ideological arsonists, and moral ciphers who make up Washington’s and New York’s political and media culture. They’re the proximate reasons Trump was able to overcome the field of almost a dozen serious Republicans, and Ben Carson.” Rick delightfully singles out and sends up: Priebus, Ryan, Cruz, Christie, Gingrich, Ailes and Murdoch, Pence, CPAC, Lobbyists (“topping from the bottom with Trump”), Major Donors and The Republican Consulting Class.“Trump has broken some essential political survival mechanism in Republican elected officials, and it’s hard to see how many of them will recover; over and over Republicans have failed a basic political common sense test on Trump. The excuses they make for him are so out of proportion to the reaction he deserves. In the face of incompetence, they display indifference. In the face of corruption, they engage in epic whataboutism. In the face of instability, they blame inexperience.”Attributed to Andrew Marantz in response to Trump’s claim that he doesn’t have time for TV cuz he “reads documents a lot”: “Reading documents a lot is high on the list of activities it’s nearly impossible to imagine Trump doing, along with foraging, Pilates and introspection.”Trump on stage performs a: “Borscht Belt Mussolini schtick, bellowing, strutting, and doing everything but grabbing his sack”Trump’s base (“residents of our national shame closet”)“didn’t really care about fiscal conservatism. These were ‘conservatives’ unmoved by arguments about the debt, the deficit, or the constitution. They didn’t really care about reducing the size of government. In the end, they ere just angry at a changing America, a changing economy, and at people who didn’t look or sound like them. Fed by Fox news, talk radio, and a weaponized Facebook feeds custom-designed to engorge their feelings of fury, resentment, and impotence, they were looking a t a world that was evolving socially, technologically, and politically at a Kurzweilian rate.” “the message was ‘I’m going to expand government to fuck over the people you hate.’”Rick prophesies a rosy future after we’re done with Cadet Bone Spurs and we’ve learned from our mistakes. I’m more cynical about our politics. I think Trump (“the avatar of our worst instincts and darkest desires as a nation”) has changed things for the worse into the future. We are ever more self-absorbed while less well-informed and educated. We want to be entertained above all else and we vote with our emotions. We don’t value expertise. We may have entered post ideological politics for good. Trump is not a conservative. He’s a bomb throwing agent of chaos. An “authoritarian statist” wannabe. He’s a malignant narcissist who cares only about ego-fluffing and enemy-making. He wants to run the country on his own, a co-equal to none. As his crimes and misdemeanors become exposed, he will rage on as his core bleats along. He touched the Republican Party and I believe it died. The Dems will keep on with Nancy, Bernie and Ocasio-Cortez. Bernie or Elizabeth Warren for president? Four more years for Trump. Can he campaign from prison? We’re f***ed.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoy Rick Wilson's appearances on news shows and his column for The Daily Beast. He has a way with words and is unstinting in his condemnation of the current "president." However, a little vitriol goes a long way. It's one thing to read an article containing it; it's quite another to read a whole book of it. It grew tiresome, especially his constant harping on the "president's" diehard supporters and how a bunch of them are virgins who "couldn't fin I have very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoy Rick Wilson's appearances on news shows and his column for The Daily Beast. He has a way with words and is unstinting in his condemnation of the current "president." However, a little vitriol goes a long way. It's one thing to read an article containing it; it's quite another to read a whole book of it. It grew tiresome, especially his constant harping on the "president's" diehard supporters and how a bunch of them are virgins who "couldn't find a woman's clitoris with a GPS and a magnifying glass." First of all, specifying that it would be a woman's clitoris is redundant. Second, it seems like a very puerile insult. Is it a guy thing? Heck if I know. I also took exception to his constant dismissal of Democrats and their "purity tests." No, we are not all in lockstep with extreme left positions. Some of us are quite pragmatic and understand very well that someone who can win in San Francisco probably can't win in my home state of Indiana. I found it extremely condescending. Perhaps he should talk to my Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, and find out what a pragmatic Democrat is all about and what they can accomplish. I had to laugh at his praise of presidents Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II, for their condemnation of racism...with not one mention of President Obama. Seriously? The first African-American President and you can't find it in your conservative soul to mention his thoughts on racism? Dude. Having said all that, he does share my contempt for this current administration and the direction it is taking our country. He is a Never Trumper and I appreciate his work on that. Perhaps he should stop with the endless insults. Perhaps he should understand that despite our political differences, plenty of us on the left love our country just as much as he does.
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  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    Description: A respected, long-time Republican strategist, ad-maker, and contributor for The Daily Beast, skewers the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism.In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party Description: A respected, long-time Republican strategist, ad-maker, and contributor for The Daily Beast, skewers the disease that is destroying the conservative movement and burning down the GOP: Trumpism.In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history.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 warns his own party of the political catastrophe that leaves everyone involved with Trump with reputations destroyed and lives in tatters.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 the news 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.Everything Trump Touches Dies deftly chronicles the tragicomic Trump story from the early campaign days through the shock of election night, to the inconceivable trainwreck 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. Combining insider political analysis, blunt truths, and black humor, 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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  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    If you consider yourself a conservative, this is required reading. I particularly enjoy the wit, but the utter brutality of this takedown cuts really close to the bone. I laughed out loud so many times reading this, but in the end, it describes a dire situation we find ourselves in, and doesn't lend much hope that the GOP will hold Trump to account for his actions, even as it destroys the GOP for generations to come.
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  • Misfit
    January 1, 1970
    Wickedly funny and no one is spared. Love the Bannon/Roy Moore twist. It dragged a bit at the end (I skimmed) as Wilson went off over whatever it went off on, but otherwise solid reading.
  • Jay Hinman
    January 1, 1970
    Really funny screed by Rick Wilson, whose foul-mouthed Never-Trump articles have been a bright light these past two ugly years. He is a voice for rational and intelligent conservatism in an age where it seems everyone else sold out, sucked up or gave up. I need to buy this for my dad and leave it anonymously on his doorstep.
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  • Julie Olson
    January 1, 1970
    I've started reading this and thoroughly regret falling for the hype. Despite his cleverness with insults and name-calling, his descriptions of women, Republican or Democrat, is ugly and sexist. But truth be told, his name-calling is ugly, too. Definitely not worth your time or your money.
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  • Gary Moreau
    January 1, 1970
    The man can write! While the humor is acerbic, if you have any sense of humor at all you will lol in every chapter.Rick Wilson has been a GOP consultant and “gleeful hatchet man” for 30 years. He is also a charter member of the Never Trump movement. He detests Trump, the politician, the man, and the haircut, but he comes at it from the right, not the left.The book is an exhaustive assessment of the Trump team, both present and past, and of the forces that brought him to Pennsylvania Avenue. Ther The man can write! While the humor is acerbic, if you have any sense of humor at all you will lol in every chapter.Rick Wilson has been a GOP consultant and “gleeful hatchet man” for 30 years. He is also a charter member of the Never Trump movement. He detests Trump, the politician, the man, and the haircut, but he comes at it from the right, not the left.The book is an exhaustive assessment of the Trump team, both present and past, and of the forces that brought him to Pennsylvania Avenue. There have been many exhumations of the 2016 election but this is one of the better ones. In essence we all contributed to the election of Donald Trump, although many, according to Wilson, did so out of complacency, not active support. It was the result nobody, other than the man himself, perhaps, expected. But there it is.Many people, Wilson contends, could have stopped Trump. And he saves some of his harshest criticism for fellow conservatives in politics and the media that he believes sold out to Trumpism, often out of fear. The result, he contends, is the virtual destruction of the GOP and the conservative movement.The book is not just a tell-all, however. The larger theme is Wilson’s concern that Trump’s brand of “authoritarian statism” could have a negative impact on our democratic institutions long after Trump leaves office. There is, he maintains, “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.”While I admittedly do not share Wilson’s politics, I do think it’s a legitimate concern. Trump is not being tamed by the stature of the office and has demonstrated less impulse control than even his most ardent supporters must have expected. The question, of course, is what we can do to preserve our democracy. And that’s where the book falls short, in part, I think, just because there is no obvious way out of the hole we are in. As a result, I considered ratings of anywhere from 1 to 5 at various points in the book. (I also admit that I ran hot and cold on the acidity of the bullying at times. It’s excessive after a while.)Nonetheless, it is a thorough analysis from a different perspective by an insider who certainly has the experience to justify an opinion. If you follow politics at all that makes it worthy of your time.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Wilson, long-time Republican strategist and ad-maker (as well as the king of snark), issues an epic beat-down of The Donald and all of his enablers in this scalding, insightful, yet scary book. Wilson is an avowed conservative who is pissed and wants his country and party back.There are issues where I disagree with Wilson, but at least he is the kind of conservative I respect. He favors fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and greater accountability. He despises the Republican-driven Rick Wilson, long-time Republican strategist and ad-maker (as well as the king of snark), issues an epic beat-down of The Donald and all of his enablers in this scalding, insightful, yet scary book. Wilson is an avowed conservative who is pissed and wants his country and party back.There are issues where I disagree with Wilson, but at least he is the kind of conservative I respect. He favors fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and greater accountability. He despises the Republican-driven social-issue and culture wars. This book is primarily targeted at his party, but he has choice words for the left as well.Wilson zeroes in on many topics including the Republican power brokers, Trump family and cronies, right-wing media nuts, Trump's base, alt-right basket cases, and evangelicals. After he is done with them pretty much all that is left is smoking wreckage. But Wilson makes what I believe are solid and reasoned cases for his opinions.In addition to describing how we got here, he also offers an assessment of how we (particularly his Republican party) can move forward and reclaim our country and our soul. Excellent political commentary and observation for our current times. Can't wait for the sequel!
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  • I.F. Adams
    January 1, 1970
    I came across Rick Wilson on social media, watching him eviscerate folks P.J. O'Rourke style around the disaster that is the Trump administration. More than once I got a solid laugh out of his quips, so I thought I'd give his book a shot, and it ranks "solid".More of a series of essays than a straight line analysis (with some hilarious interludes in the middle), it was a fascinating and amusing look into the Trump campaign and republican party. The humor occasionally got a little repetitive (don I came across Rick Wilson on social media, watching him eviscerate folks P.J. O'Rourke style around the disaster that is the Trump administration. More than once I got a solid laugh out of his quips, so I thought I'd give his book a shot, and it ranks "solid".More of a series of essays than a straight line analysis (with some hilarious interludes in the middle), it was a fascinating and amusing look into the Trump campaign and republican party. The humor occasionally got a little repetitive (don't get me wrong, it's well written), just... too much at once at times. That said, still chuckling days later quotes like the description of Mike Huckabee as "...blow hard and gravy aficionado."The more interesting elements to me were his damning critique of the fall of the republican party, and the background into how we got into this quagmire of idiocy. It also gave some small glimmer of optimism that not all conservatives have gone off the deep end, and still hold true to their principles, even if I may not identify with all of them.
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  • Al Sevcik
    January 1, 1970
    The author’s bombastic writing style is both entertaining and a put-off. It demeans the work which, I think, deserves to be taken seriously. The author’s experience in politics and in Washington shows as he provides useful insight and commentary. His main target is Trump, whom he despises. He also despises the many prominent Republicans who have disavowed their principles and the party’s conservative heritage in favor of Trump. He also fires some well-aimed shots at ineffectual Democrats. A wort The author’s bombastic writing style is both entertaining and a put-off. It demeans the work which, I think, deserves to be taken seriously. The author’s experience in politics and in Washington shows as he provides useful insight and commentary. His main target is Trump, whom he despises. He also despises the many prominent Republicans who have disavowed their principles and the party’s conservative heritage in favor of Trump. He also fires some well-aimed shots at ineffectual Democrats. A worthwhile read, but one that leaves you with a feeling of despair about the extent of sleaze in our government. Three stars.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    I very much enjoyed this book, largely due to Rick Wilson’s acerbic and wicked wit. It also has that insider perspective I like so much. Rick Wilson is a conservative Never-Trumper. From that standpoint he is critical of liberals and of conservatives to the extent that they have stood by while Trump upends so many conservative values. I think anyone of either party would enjoy this book with the obvious exception of Trump supporters, who definitely would not.
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  • Kirk Gartside
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Wilson, a GOP political strategist, has crafted a sharp and entertaining look at the rise of Trumpism. He spares no one in his dissection of how the Republican Party was coopted by the grassroots populists. If you’re into politics, want to understand Trump and are looking for a conservative take on the subject this is the book for you. It’s freaking hilarious too.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    It's refreshing to hear a Right winger say what we all have been saying from the jump. Clear eyed, profane and funny, this guy never was a Trump supporter and is genuinely ticked off at his Republican colleagues who sold out the party and the constitution for a tax cut. I enjoyed hearing him rant.
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    I may just read this again tomorrow
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing earth-shatteringly new here for anyone with a pulse but chuckle out loud funny at times. Rick Wilson is not as good at snark as Matt Taibbi but he's close and he is a right-wing conservative.
  • Sherry Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    A must-read book for every American who values freedom and inclusiveness and continue to assert that all people are created equal and have inalienable rights. Rick Wilson is a brilliant writer, holds back nothing and had me laughing out loud.
  • Nick Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Just a ton of fun, with some interesting views into the conservative world and some thought-provoking advice from "the other side," if you're of a mind to hear that out. I got the audiobook, which is read by Wilson and hilarious. Even if you're not looking to deep-dive into our shambolic political state, it might be hard to find a breezier read this summer. Recommended.
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  • Christine Irvin
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading this book. I thought it was going to be about Trump’s business dealings he had before he ran for president, as the title says “Everything” not “Everybody”. I guess I should have read the blurb, huh? But, I’m glad I read the book anyway. It is about the PEOPLE that have come into contact with Trump. No, they haven’t died a physical death, but they have died in terms of their morals, their character and their future in politics. It used to be that working on a presidential I just finished reading this book. I thought it was going to be about Trump’s business dealings he had before he ran for president, as the title says “Everything” not “Everybody”. I guess I should have read the blurb, huh? But, I’m glad I read the book anyway. It is about the PEOPLE that have come into contact with Trump. No, they haven’t died a physical death, but they have died in terms of their morals, their character and their future in politics. It used to be that working on a presidential campaign was a plus, or that working in the White House would look good on one’s resume. Not so much with Trump. When you think about the number of people who have entered and left his orbit in the past two years, you have to wonder what the future holds for them. Rather than capitalizing on their time and experience in the White House, most of them now probably cringe at the thought of having to reveal that they ever knew Trump, much less that they ever worked for him.Author Rick Wilson writes with a style that is filled with acid and humor, tempered with snatches of sarcasm and hubris. He is totally honest, which some people might not appreciate, but which I found rather refreshing (except for the use of some of his baser language). His honesty was directed not only at Trump and Trump’s associates, but also at the GOP as a whole, at the Democrats and even at himself. He takes a no-holds barred look at the Party of Trump, and what he reveals ain’t pretty (but it is interesting).Although Wilson is fed up with Trump and has washed his hands of him, Wilson is not giving up on the Republican Party, as a whole. He wants to rebuild the party once Trump is out of office, and the sooner the better. Wilson has been called a RINO (Republican in Name Only) because of his caustic attitude towards the current worthless GOP members of Congress and of his party, but he is still a dyed-in-the-wool Republican at heart.If you’re a Republican, you need to read this book because Wilson’s narrative will force you to take a long, hard look at how far your party has sunk under Trump. If you’re a Democrat, you need to read this book because, although Wilson’s narrative is brutal in terms of his caustic remarks about Trump and his cronies, Wilson also has some harsh words, criticisms and words-of-wisdom about how you should view your party in the Age of Trump. If you’re not from either party, you need to read this book because it will give you a different perspective on things then what you might find on MSM or in conservative media. You should just read this book!
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  • Heidi Nibbelink
    January 1, 1970
    I started following Rick Wilson on Twitter and became a huge fan. He is perfect on Twitter—a master of tone, snark, and keeping abreast of the ever-morphing memes of the day. I’ve marveled at how well he does “millennial” online. The same can’t be said for Everything Trump Touches Dies. While it’s juicy fun to learn Trump is every bit as bad as you think and worse, some of the ways Wilson wields his trademark snark are troubling. He uses a massive amount of fat-shaming, casual misogyny, and pove I started following Rick Wilson on Twitter and became a huge fan. He is perfect on Twitter—a master of tone, snark, and keeping abreast of the ever-morphing memes of the day. I’ve marveled at how well he does “millennial” online. The same can’t be said for Everything Trump Touches Dies. While it’s juicy fun to learn Trump is every bit as bad as you think and worse, some of the ways Wilson wields his trademark snark are troubling. He uses a massive amount of fat-shaming, casual misogyny, and poverty-shaming. He makes oxy-and meth-lab jokes about rural Americans. It left me feeling like I’d been invited to a conversation at the cool-kids table, but sure that the second I leave he’d start tearing me apart for everyone’s entertainment. To be clear, I don’t believe Wilson is full-blown misogynist, or without empathy for the poor or the addicted. But the attitudes embedded in his casually cruel and admittedly funny insults represent a “generational slip-showing.” You’re not as cool as the guy you play on Twitter, Rick. And no one wears slips any more. Worse, he never delivers a compelling reason WHY the bulk of the Republican party jumped on the Trump train. He says, roughly, “I though we all stood for the same things and then they saw what way the wind was blowing and abandoned all principles and now they’re irredeemable.” Sure, they’re afraid of mean Tweets from the Cheeto Commander in Chief and his Troll Army, but I was looking for more insight into the mental contortions of Republicans than Wilson delivers.In the end, it’s a matter of trust, and Wilson’s causal cruelty in the service of snark dilutes trust between author and reader. If you’re dating a guy who upfront says, “Just to let you know, I’m an a-hole,” it doesn’t excuse him from acting like an a-hole. Wilson’s the self-proclaimed a-hole who wrote this book, and I’m the dupe who bought it.
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  • Sarah Ewald
    January 1, 1970
    Hilariously funny book written by, wait for it, a Republican consultant and strategist. Glad he's seen the error of his ways. You should know that I find salve in watching MSNBC most evenings...Was over the top funny in most chapters, even when he took on the Democrats. I took hope from it with Chapter 18, My Party After Trump, in which he talks abut how the GOP can redeem themselves. Be a party of hope, not hate; Reform from within; Adhere to the Constitutional operating system; Talk to Main St Hilariously funny book written by, wait for it, a Republican consultant and strategist. Glad he's seen the error of his ways. You should know that I find salve in watching MSNBC most evenings...Was over the top funny in most chapters, even when he took on the Democrats. I took hope from it with Chapter 18, My Party After Trump, in which he talks abut how the GOP can redeem themselves. Be a party of hope, not hate; Reform from within; Adhere to the Constitutional operating system; Talk to Main Street- and Mean it; Follow the Rule of Law; Build a Diverse Party; Purge Racists, Conspiracy Nuts, and Lunatics from their Ranks; Decency, Humanity and Tolerance; Respect and Honor American Institutions; Govern Like Grown-up (Good one); Kill Crony Capitalism (regarding lobbyists) and Stop Fighting the Last Wars (move forward, not back).Now if only the Republicans in Congress will listen...He cites many times in history when we have had presidents who have steered us near the cliff, but for clearer heads: Pearl Harbor, 9/11, the Russian information wars during the election of 2016. We will rise from this wreckage. Churchill, he says, was right. Americans will always do the right thing after exhausting every other option. I took heart from reading what Reagan said: 'Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and hen hand it to them with the well-thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.'Trump is a problem we'll be a long time in solving.
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  • Eric Wojciechowski
    January 1, 1970
    With every page, I found myself nodding, "Yes, I noticed that."; "Yes, he did that."; "Yes, it is that bad."; "I feel sorry for them but not much at all."Rick Wilson catches and lays out everything I've complained about since 2015. A Trump presidency is and has been a disaster for small government people like myself, his apologists hang on to the flimsiest of reasons and, speaking of them, have earned the right to enter the new field of special pleading political olympics. Those who have stuck w With every page, I found myself nodding, "Yes, I noticed that."; "Yes, he did that."; "Yes, it is that bad."; "I feel sorry for them but not much at all."Rick Wilson catches and lays out everything I've complained about since 2015. A Trump presidency is and has been a disaster for small government people like myself, his apologists hang on to the flimsiest of reasons and, speaking of them, have earned the right to enter the new field of special pleading political olympics. Those who have stuck with Trump, have found themselves out of jobs due to no one in the private sector wanting to touch them afterwards. Or ending up with criminal charges. And maybe worse, is Trump's use of people until no longer useful. The entire GOP that caved to Trumpism is just about gone and may never recover. Those still hanging on, risk losing what's left of any reputation they still have.Wilson''s ETTD is a must read for those people. Sadly, even if they did, they'd irrationalize the complaints, facts and observations away. It's the behavior of a cult to overlook the inconsistent, awful deeds of the leader. Those tax cuts? Regulation cuts? But Gorsuch? Wilson shows what it really amounts to, not much at all, and shows Trump wasn't worth it.Although Wilson cautions there's still a lot of time left in this adminstration and something could chnge for the better, the chances of that happening are near zero considering what we've already seen.Peppering the facts with some of the wittiest writing I've seen since Christopher Hitchens, I found myself laughing despite the awful reality that runs the White House today.
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  • John Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Rick Wilson's on Twitter for a while now. What I have always loved about Rick is that he plays by the same rules as Trump. He isn't afraid to punch out, call names, and get down and dirty in a political fight. His background as a Republican consultant for many of the charged ads we drown in election time are proof of this. The biggest difference between Mr. Wilson and POTUS, is that Mr. Wilson operates from a position of intelligence and he isn't just blindly lashing out. Th I have been a fan of Rick Wilson's on Twitter for a while now. What I have always loved about Rick is that he plays by the same rules as Trump. He isn't afraid to punch out, call names, and get down and dirty in a political fight. His background as a Republican consultant for many of the charged ads we drown in election time are proof of this. The biggest difference between Mr. Wilson and POTUS, is that Mr. Wilson operates from a position of intelligence and he isn't just blindly lashing out. This book moves back and forth from dark humor a la Deadpool (seriously as a Millennial who is fluent in pop culture and memes I am impressed at Mr. Wilson's humor in using them) to serious political analysis on what is wrong with the GOP and what the GOP can do to fix it. The book moves from how we go here, where we are, and where we should go largely from a conservative point of view. He spends little time addressing the Democratic Party and sticks largely to the advice from Matthew 7:3 "Why do you worry about the speck of dust in your friends eye when you have a log in your own." As someone who votes across the spectrum, but has long considered myself a centrist conservative, I found this book to be a breath of fresh air in the Trump era of politics and the GOP. While my worst fears have come to pass before my eyes since the rise of the Tea Party, it is a relief to know that there are still some honest to God rational and logical conservatives out there.
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  • Pam P
    January 1, 1970
    Ive long despised Rick Wison......for his Jeremiah Wright ad against Obama in the 2008 election. I thought who is this craven low life who twists the words of a black preacher, speaking truth to power and makes the first black presidential candidate have to walk a delicate race driven line? Rick Wilson was that man. I am the political opposite of my beloved conservative Republican father and we have argued and agreed and vehemently disagreed my whole life and my dad loved me more than himself, s Ive long despised Rick Wison......for his Jeremiah Wright ad against Obama in the 2008 election. I thought who is this craven low life who twists the words of a black preacher, speaking truth to power and makes the first black presidential candidate have to walk a delicate race driven line? Rick Wilson was that man. I am the political opposite of my beloved conservative Republican father and we have argued and agreed and vehemently disagreed my whole life and my dad loved me more than himself, so I have been able to listen across the aisle for the majority of my life. Along comes Trump, an ignorant, reality show host, birther creator, and rascist and suddenly my dad and I are on the exactly same side. My father mourned the loss of what his grand ol party had become until the time of his death last year. He shared, unprompted, that he voted for his first Democratic candidate when he checked the box next to Hillary Clinton. He was an og Never Trump-er, so I helped him seek out other Never Trump Republicans he could read and he didn't feel so alone. I found Rick Wilson on our journey and became a fan and cheerleader. I may never forgive him for the Jeremiah Wright ad, but today is today and we got bigger fish to fry and we need all hands on deck. I'm reporting for duty, Mr. Wilson. We'll discuss marginal tax rates after the battle.
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  • Budd Margolis
    January 1, 1970
    Rick Wilson is a brave, highly intelligent Republican operative who brings a fresh angle on the Never Trump bandwagon. I agree with many of his points and find his stand for the conservative movement to be both, for what he believes, is the common good for all America and what America needs now. A dose of reality in a reality TV show administration fo mostly clowns, fools, incompetents and greedy sycophants. So, for the right-wingers who can not understand what the issue is with the majority of Rick Wilson is a brave, highly intelligent Republican operative who brings a fresh angle on the Never Trump bandwagon. I agree with many of his points and find his stand for the conservative movement to be both, for what he believes, is the common good for all America and what America needs now. A dose of reality in a reality TV show administration fo mostly clowns, fools, incompetents and greedy sycophants. So, for the right-wingers who can not understand what the issue is with the majority of the country and many Republicans, this book serves notice that Trump is seen as not just to worst President ever but a moron as well PERIOD! Very well constructed, written and a joy to read. Makes perfect sense and now I understand a lot about the right I was confused about since so much is muddles with hate groups and Libertarians. Enlightening, refreshing, educational and a wake-up call for the future of a strong two-party system based on respect, law and fiscal responsibility.Upon conclusion: Rick is a hero and has restored my faith in the rest of America I was so worried about. I sleep just a little bit better at night after reading this book. He has restored some faith, for the world is fracturing and economic uncertainty is near, we have a chance in November 2018 and I pray we can return and restore a once secure and strong America to the world.
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