The old lines between the left and right have disappeared from US politics, right-wing commentator Tucker Carlson asserts in this breezily written critique of America’s political establishment. Donald Trump’s victory marked the culmination of this trend, the television anchor argues argues: The disaffected masses saw a chance to jab its collective thumb in the eye of a dysfunctional political system, and they seized the opportunity. Carlson’s analysis is often lucid, as when he details the Democratic machine’s embrace of the deep-pocketed interests it once raged against. Carlson makes a convincing case that liberals now offer free passes to corporate chieftains who run sweatshops, just so long as the CEOs worship at the altar of political correctness. At other times Carlson simply seems shrill, as when he spends pages taking down Chelsea Clinton. Carlson points to Parade magazine’s article about the younger Clinton as an example of liberal media bias, conveniently overlooking the reality that Parade publishes nothing but puff pieces. While clearly right-leaning in its bent, ultimately, this engaging book offers an important message to leadership on both sides of the aisle: stop turning your backs on the real needs of the American electorate.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Donald Trump won in 2016,
- How the Democratic Party embraced the wealthy and became pro-war, and
- How the political elite have ignored the interests of the American people.
About the Author
Tucker Carlson is the anchor of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News Channel. He has been a staff writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The Weekly Standard.