GOP strategist displays on ‘It Was All A Lie’ with Midtown Reader
As a former Republican staffer and now with a Midtown Reader bookstore, I was eager to read Stuart Stevens’ book on Donald Trump’s Republican Party. Stevens is one of GOP’s best known and respected experts of his time. Trump and his fellow Republicans have been accused of hitting bookstores during the 2020 presidential election.
In addition to his 25-year career in politics, Stevens is a prolific writer, writer and journalist. He is the author of seven previous books; his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, and Abroad; and recorded TV shows such as Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief and K Street.
Stevens’ latest book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” describes how he became a young student at UCLA, calling for a home in Mississippi to record and produce radio videos of those who wanted to attend the conference.
Stevens continued to lead Republicans such as Sen Sen of the United States Connie Mack of Florida, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. “It Was All a Lie” he describes his loving / hateful relationship with the GOP and sheds light on his belief that the foundations of President Trump’s campaign and the next president were laid before Trump appeared as a surprise in 2015.
I met Stevens recently to discuss his book, his frustrations, and what he is taking to the future of the Grand Old Party.
Question: Stuart, I enjoyed your book (though I’m not sure “enjoy” is the correct word). Is it true that something was not a lie?
A: I believe in the right middle party – I don’t know how long it will take to get there. We need a moment of reconciliation. Commitment to responsible behavior.
Question: But you are not responsible for Donald Trump. You worked for Reagan, Bush, Romney — Republicans who believe strongly in ideology. Honest, dedicated people who believe in humanity.
A: It is easy to blame others. Trump is the Republican Party. You can’t support it. And that’s what prompted me to write this book: trying to understand what I missed along the way.
Question: Was it free to write this book? I know in some ways it should be sad.
Answer: There is a sad release! (Laughter) I don’t know of any Republican who would secretly say that Donald Trump should be president. Is there anything in the experience of a system that is attracting weak people to achieve it? Is this method incorrect? There is fear.
Question: If you could help rebuild the post-Trump GOP, what advice would you give? And what worries you most?
Answer: You may have a second chance, but you have to try. You have to accept what happened; there should be a mea culpa. There has to be a fix that focuses more on the mind. At least Elizabeth Warren has a government idea – I think that’s wrong, but it’s a coherent idea. We have become an anti-science, anti-intelligence party. What worries me is that what Trump has forgotten. It’s not as if Donald Trump made people racist, but he did well to be racist. Trump brings this up. It’s toxic.
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About book events
Stuart Stevens, author of “It was all a lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” we will be chatting with Sally Bradshaw, former chief of staff at Gov. Jeb Bush, ku 7 pm Wednesday, Oct 21, online via Zoom. To get started, buy the book from Midtown Reader. After you order, you will receive a link to join the Zoom event.
Schedule of events for the future
Ron Rash and Valley: Story by Novella Based on Serena. In an interview with author Kim Michele Richardson. 6 pm Wednesday, Oct 7. Online via Zoom.
Long-standing found in American newsletters, Ron Rash has been named “one of America’s leading writers today” (Janet Maslin, NYT). Now, the author, the poet, and the narrator are giving 10 so-called “In Vallery” articles. In these articles, Rash is seen as a disturbing picture of the times in which we live – economic expansion, natural disasters, opioid crisis, and much more – yet within this world he illuminates the most amazing and courageous systems.
Gabriel Bump And Where You Don’t Live. In an interview with Ravi Howard, author and professor of FSU art. 7 pm Tuesday, Oct 13. Online via Zoom.
“Wherever You Don’t Live” is a humorous and heartfelt book about what it means to grow up young and black in southern Chicago where your choices seem to be limited. With some of the worst and most intriguing exhibitions, in line with the wonders of our 21st century, the book showcases the advent of the best young talent.
Senator Connie Mack with Citizen Mack: Politics, Honor Call. In an interview with former Governor Jeb Bush. 6 pm Thursday, Oct 15. Online via Zoom (book purchases are required to have them).
In all cases, go to midtownreader.com for more information or to purchase books and links to subscribe.