A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Former Republican political operative Tim Miller answers the question no one else has fully grappled with: Why did normal people go along with the worst of Trumpism?
As one of the strategists behind the famous 2012 RNC “autopsy,” Miller conducts his own forensic study on the pungent carcass of the party he used to love, cutting into all the hubris, ambition, idiocy, desperation, and self-deception for everyone to see. In a bracingly honest reflection on both his own past work for the Republican Party and the contortions of his former peers in the GOP establishment, Miller draws a straight line between the actions of the 2000s GOP to the Republican political class's Trumpian takeover, including the horrors of January 6th.
From ruminations on the mental jujitsu that allowed him as a gay man to justify becoming a hitman for homophobes, to astonishingly raw interviews with former colleagues who jumped on the Trump Train, Miller diagrams the flattering and delusional stories GOP operatives tell themselves so they can sleep at night. With a humorous touch he reveals Reince Priebus' neediness, Sean Spicer's desperation, Elise Stefanik and Chris Christie’s raw ambition, and his close friends’ submission to a MAGA psychosis.
Why We Did It is a vital, darkly satirical warning that all the narcissistic justifications that got us to this place still thrive within the Republican party, which means they will continue to make the same mistakes and political calculations that got us here, with disastrous consequences for the nation.
Delightful and engaging
I had been asking the question of what makes people follow along even under threat of criminal liability and potential jail time. I found this so enlightening of the bubbles we can all find ourselves in and written in such an intelligent, intellectual and humorous manner. I finished it in a weekend and highly recommend it to help make sense of what seems incomprehensible decisions.
Why We Did It
I really wish it was read by the author...I can't take that guy. Should have listened to the preview. Will definitely read the book.
Another anti Trump book. Crazy.
Keep doing what you do media and journalists. Your ignorance gave us Trump, our first good president since Reagan. Keep doing this so we can get a Desantis or Trump round 2 to fix this HORRIBLE situation caused by the left and political hacks like Tim Miller