It could have been so much worse: a deeply reported, insider story of how a handful of Washington officials staged a daring resistance to an unprecedented presidency and prevented chaos from overwhelming the government and the nation.
Each federal employee takes an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” but none had imagined that enemy might be the commander-in-chief. With the presidency of Donald Trump, a fault line between the president and vital forces within his government was established. Those who honored their oath of office, their obligation to the Constitution, were wary of the president, and they in turn were not trusted and occasionally fired and replaced with loyalists.
American Resistance is the first book to chronicle the unprecedented role so many in the government were forced to play and the consequences of their actions during the Trump administration.
From Lieutenant Colonal Alexander Vindman and his brother Yevgeny, to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, to Bill Taylor, Fiona Hill, and the official who first called himself “Anonymous”—Miles Taylor, among others, Rothkopf examines the resistance movement that slowly built in Washington.
Drawing from first hand testimonies, deep background, and research, American Resistance shows how, when the president threatened to run amok, a few key figures rose in defiance. It reveals the conflict within the Department of Justice over actively seeking instances of election fraud and abuse to help the president illegally retain power, and multiple battles within the White House over the influence of Jared and Ivanka, and in particular the extraordinary efforts to get them security clearances even after they were denied to them.
David Rothkopf chronicles how each person came to realize that they were working for an administration that threatened to wreak havoc—one defense secretary was told by his mother to resign before it was too late—in an intense drama in which a few good men and women stood up to the tyrant in their midst.
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“Even if you remember all the Trump scandals he chronicles, you will feel outrage all over again reading this book—along with gratitude to all of the dedicated public servants who tried to do the right thing and shared their stories with Rothkopf.”
Max Boot, New York Times bestselling author