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A great and funny book but a too convenient rewrite of history
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
Rick Wilson gets five stars for his telling of events and his humor post 2016 and Trump coming down his crappy escalator. But this idea that prior to Trump the GOP was this non racist party of fiscal conservatives is laughable. Some topics he fails to discuss are things like the southern strategy the GOPs 50 year effort to flirt and dog whistle bigots into their coalition. He glosses over the proven, widespread racist voter suppression tactics that have been found illegal by courts as a tiny fringe effort. This belies the fact that Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina and many states have had their racist vote and election tactics unconstitutional. He forgets that the John McCain he helped made stupid and racist mainstream with the nomination of Sarah Palin.
You also hear him claiming that Obama supporters are just as cult like as Trump supporters. Sorry, Obama was a principled statesman of the left. Therefore people liking him a lot is not the same thing as people cheering and blindly devoting themselves to a bigot, conman, and traitor. He can’t get over his derangement as he continually tries to draw this false analogy between rational support for a Obama to the death cult that surrounds Trump.
As for fiscal conservatism he lionizes Reagan a man who increased our national debt by 300 percent in 8 years. He also doesn’t mention how you can trace the income inequality he complains about to the birth of Reaganomics of the 80s. He doesn’t talk about the 4 trillion dollar war crime and hunt for imaginary WMDs.
In short the Republican Party was not this great non racist, competent, fiscally Conservative party before Trump. It’s like the Bush debacle and the Second Republican Great Depression of 2007 never happened and Trump destroyed this mythical world of a principled, non racist, non stupid GOP.
Great read, enjoyable, right on Trump. But a total cop out of the inherent racism of the right prior to Trump. The GOP was plenty bad before Trump, and it got much, much worse after it.