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The big lie : election chaos, political opportunism, and the state of American politics after 2020 / Jonathan Lemire.

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LARL Cataloging LARL104108 (Text) LARL104108 New On order -
Moorhead Public Library 324.973 LEM (Text) 33500013636402 New Checked out 08/25/2022

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250819628
  • ISBN: 1250819628
  • Physical Description: 308 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-308).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: "Rigged" -- The beginning -- 2016 -- The Trump presidency -- The Democrats -- Conservative reinforcements -- 2020 -- The election -- January 6 -- The grip tightens -- The states -- Challenges -- The campaigns to come.
Summary, etc.:
"A probing and illuminating analysis of current state of American politics, focusing on Donald Trump's lie about election fraud, by the White House Bureau Chief of Politico and the host of MSNBC's Way Too Early Donald Trump first tried it out in 2016, at an August rally in Ohio. He said that perhaps he wouldn't accept the election results in his race against Hillary Clinton, that the election was "rigged." He then mentioned it at more rallies and even at one of the fall debates. He didn't have to challenge the result that year, but the stage was set. When he lost in 2020, he started the lie back up again and to devastating results: an insurrection at the Capitol in January 2021. In the more than five tumultuous, paradigm-shifting years of Donald Trump's presidency and beyond, his near-constant lying has become a fixture of political life. It is inextricably linked with how his party behaves, how the Democrats respond to it, and how he remains relevant, even after a decisive loss in 2020. Jonathan Lemire brings his connections, profile, and dogged reportorial instincts to bear in his first book that explores how this phenomenon shapes our politics. He uncovers that "The Big Lie," as it's been termed, isn't just about the 2020 election. It's become a political philosophy that has only further divided the two parties. Republicans are still wholly under Trump's sway. From his retirement at his Florida and New Jersey clubs he meets with Republican officials, aspiring candidates, and advisers and demands loyalty about this twisted way of thinking. And Democrats still deal with him as their opposition party is driven by a blatant lie. The parties aren't divided by the aisle-they're on different planets. Written with sharp political insight and detailed with dozens of interviews, The Big Lie is the first book to examine this unprecedented and tenuous moment in our nation's politics"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
    There's been a spate of headline-grabbing Trump presidency tell-alls recently. Lemire, the AP White House correspondent and MSNBC host, does something different here, offering a chronicle of The Big Lie, which began in 2016, when candidate Trump casually mentioned that if he didn't beat Hillary Clinton, the election was rigged. Lemire then hits the highlights (or, for many, the lowlights) of the next six years. For readers who've been paying attention, the overview of the Trump presidency will seem more than familiar. But this is a useful exercise, putting events in order and in context, especially for those whose memory has grown fuzzy or who have missed some lesser-known incidents. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book is its latter third, which chronicles recent events, particularly the effect The Big Lie has had on political discourse, Biden administration policy, election viability, and overall safety. For readers wondering whether politics is ever going to get back to something resembling normal, Lemire's answer seems to be a simple nope. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jonathan Lemire is the White House Bureau Chief at Politico, as well as the host of MSNBC's Way Too Early. A native of the Boston area, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children. The Big Lie is his first book.

Subject: Presidents > United States > Election.
Presidents > United States > Election > 2020.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-2021.
Elections > United States.
Politics and government.
Presidents > Election.
United States.

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