The loudest #NeverTrump voice is Florida Republican Rick Wilson

January 29, 2018

Just before 11 p.m. on a Thursday night, a black SUV pulls up to a television studio here and delivers a bald, middle-aged man in a blazer, khakis and L.L. Bean moccasins. He drinks Diet Coke and climbs into a tall chair, waiting for the “hit.”

“Rick is slaughtering as always,” a man writes on the live streaming service Periscope, which Wilson has set up on his iPad so his followers can watch him in the studio.

This is no moderate. Wilson, who lives in Tallahassee, is a longtime conservative operative with a burn-it-down appetite for conflict matched only by his affinity for guns and good food. He has used social media and cable news appearances to wage war against a man he sees as a con and a cancer on the GOP. Or, as he described the president last week to his nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter, “a serial fabulist and short attention-span mental lightweight.”

Beyond a shared affinity for Diet Coke, Wilson and Trump understand that being loud and unfiltered attracts notice. A handful of prominent GOP critics of the president have emerged but none as colorful as Wilson, 54, who bears a resemblance to Mike, the assassin and fixer on Breaking Bad. He carries a pistol in the small of his back.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Dona Mcgilvary says:

    Who is this man? I’ve never heard of him. I’m a native Floridian and somehow he’s been off my radar for all my 75 years! Further, who does this man think he is? What is HIS message? That he hates Trump? He has lots of company from corrupt Democrats and liberal loons. Come back when you have something relevant to say.

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