Vermont Conversation: Stuart Stevens on the collapse of the Republican Party

Trump supporters gathered on the Statehouse steps in Montpelier on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, to protest Joe Biden's presidential win. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

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As former president Donald Trump trades the White House for Mar-a-Lago, his luxury club in Florida, he leaves in his wake a Republican Party in disarray. Trump is threatening to support primaries against Republican politicians he believes were disloyal to him. State parties are sharply divided, such as in Arizona, where the state Republican Party has doubled down on Trump and plans to censure Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, former senator Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump. In Vermont, Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who supported Joe Biden and has been a frequent Trump critic, has slammed the Vermont Republican Party for “white supremacy dominating, racial inequity, and so forth.”

To talk about where Republicans will go post-Trump, we’re joined by Stuart Stevens. For 25 years, Stevens was the lead strategist and media consultant to top Republican politicians, helping to elect presidents, senators, congressmen and governors. He was the strategist for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, and he worked on George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns. Stevens, who lives in Vermont, is a senior adviser to The Lincoln Project, a group of ex-Republican operatives who opposed Trump. He is the author of the bestselling book It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.

Is the GOP a threat to democracy? “Of course it is,” replies Stevens. “I don’t see how you can argue that.”

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About David

David Goodman is an award-winning journalist and the author of a dozen books, including four New York Times bestsellers that he co-authored with his sister, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, New York Times, Outside, Boston Globe and other publications. He is the host of The Vermont Conversation, a VTDigger podcast featuring in-depth interviews about local and national topics. The Vermont Conversation is also an hour-long weekly radio program that can be heard on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on WDEV/Radio Vermont.

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