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Stuart Stevens, The Lincoln Project

Stuart Stevens

Race and the Republican Party

Stuart Stevens is the author of eight books, including It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump (2020), and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications. He has written extensively for television shows, including Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief, and K Street. For twenty-five years, he was the lead strategist and media consultant for some of the nation’s toughest political campaigns. He attended Colorado College; Pembroke College, Oxford; Middlebury College; and UCLA film school. He is a former fellow of the American Film Institute.

Abstract: In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower received almost 40% of the African American vote. In 1964, that fell to 7% for Barry Goldwater. African Americans have never returned to the Republican Party in large numbers and that reality has defined the modern Republican Party. This will be a look at the role of race in the development of the current Republican Party and how it is playing out in the 2020 presidential race. The talk will include discussion of the Lincoln Project, how we came to be and how we are attempting to influence the Republican Party in this election and in the future.