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A former RNC researcher on the RNC's reality distortion field
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A former RNC researcher on the RNC's reality distortion field
"You can basically make up your own reality in right-wing media, and that's partially what we did at the RNC."
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A sign in Worthington, Pennsylvania, in late 2021. (Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post via Getty)

This week’s episode of the Aaron Rupar Show features Justin Higgins, host of the Politics+Media 101 podcast, on his remarkable political biography and the insight it provides into today’s Trumpified GOP. Higgins is a former RNC staffer who did opposition research during the 2016 cycle, but was so turned off by the reality of President Trump that he became a Democrat and wound up working for the Democratic governor of Puerto Rico.

We talk about what the RNC was like during Trump’s rise, the factors that led to Higgins leaving the GOP, the demise of John Boehner’s speakership and how similar dynamics could take down Kevin McCarthy, why Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign is floundering, and much more. Listen to the audio at the top of this post, or watch the footage below via my YouTube page.

Next week’s episode will feature the fantastic David Lurie.

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