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From Republican to #NeverTrump: What led one staunch conservative to leave the right




Author Max Boot speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 - 'President Trump: Life As We May Know It,' at SVA Theatre on October 8, 2016 in New York City.
Author Max Boot speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 - 'President Trump: Life As We May Know It,' at SVA Theatre on October 8, 2016 in New York City.
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In 2015, Max Boot was a lifelong Republican, well-known conservative historian and respected foreign policy expert.

Then Donald Trump announced his presidential bid. Three years later, Boot is no longer a Republican, yet still not a Democrat – and an outspoken critic of the President in his columns for the Washington Post.

In his new book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right,” Boot chronicles the ideological shift that drove him to leave his party as other Republicans stood by Trump from candidacy to presidency. Using both his personal political journey and the history of modern conservatism in the United States, Boot details what he sees as the decline of the Republican Party.

Larry sits down with Boot to discuss his book, President Trump and the current state of the Republican Party.

Max Boot will be talking to Patt Morrison about his book, “Crisis of American Conservatism” in the context of the 2018 election on Monday, Nov 5, at the Stephen Wise Temple in West Los Angeles. The event starts at 7:30pm.

Guest:

Max Boot, author of many books, including his newest, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right” (Liveright, 2018); former foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007–08, Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011–12, and Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-2016; he tweets @MaxBoot



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