Max Boot: “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left The Right”
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Warning that the Trump presidency presages America’s decline, the political commentator recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent.
Declaring Mexican immigrants to be “rapists,” Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn’t fathom that the party of Lincoln and Reagan could endorse such a “malevolent clown.” Yet the Twilight Zone episode that Boot believed he was watching created an ideological dislocation so shattering that Boot’s transformation from Republican foreign policy advisor to anti-Trump columnist becomes the dramatic story of The Corrosion of Conservativism.
While 90 percent of his fellow Republicans—Rubio, Cruz, and Ryan—became political “toadies,” Boot stood his ground, enduring the vitriol of his erstwhile conservative colleagues, trolled on Twitter by a white supremacist who depicted his “execution” in a gas chamber by a smiling, Nazi-clad Trump.
With uncompromising insights, Boot evokes both a president who has traduced every norm and the rise of a nascent centrist movement to counter Trump’s assault on democracy.
Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam”.