Rick Wilson (political consultant)
Wilson on "Live from America", Comedy Cellar podcast in 2020
Frederick George Wilson
November 21, 1963
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
|Occupation||author, national Republican political strategist and media consultant|
Frederick George "Rick" Wilson (born November 21, 1963) is a former Republican political strategist, media consultant, and author based in Florida who has produced televised political commercials for governors, U.S. Senate candidates, super PACs, and corporations.
Wilson was a frequent guest on political panel shows during the 2016 United States presidential election, where he denounced Donald Trump and his supporters. He was later a strategist for the Evan McMullin presidential campaign. Since Trump's election as president, Wilson has continued to be a critic. In 2018, Wilson released the bestselling Everything Trump Touches Dies.
Wilson entered the political arena by campaigning for Connie Mack during the 1988 Florida Senate election. Later, he served on George H. W. Bush's campaign as Florida field director. Wilson was also a presidential appointee to the Department of Defense under then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
In 1994, Wilson joined a Florida media firm, where he created Pollie-award winning ads for Rudy Giuliani during the 1997 New York City mayoral election. In 1999 Wilson moved to New York City where he initially worked at City Hall, and then later campaigned for Giuliani during the 2000 New York Senate election.
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster (hardcover)|
|August 2018 (hardcover)|
Wilson has written numerous opinion and analysis columns for publications such as The Daily Beast, Politico, The New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Independent Journal Review, and Ricochet, and is a frequent guest on various cable and network news outlets.
In 2018, Wilson released his first book, Everything Trump Touches Dies, in which he laments the re-alignment of the Republican Party behind Trump. The book reached number one on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list for a week. An audiobook read by Wilson was released alongside the print version.
Wilson’s second book, entitled Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump—and Democrats from Themselves, was published in January 2020.
Wilson played a big role in the 2002 United States Senate election in Georgia, in which Saxby Chambliss was facing Democratic Party Senator Max Cleland. He helped make an ad that criticized Cleland, while also tying him to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Furthermore, the ad seemed to question Cleland's patriotism. After the ad was finished, it appeared on YouTube. In an interview with HuffPost, Wilson thought that "DHS [Department of Homeland Security] was on the front line against Osama bin Laden". On July 18, 2015, Wilson tweeted that his ad questioned Cleland's votes.
In November 2018, Wilson praised Qatar after visiting the Persian Gulf nation, which is accused of supporting terrorism and financing Muslim Brotherhood. He tweeted that "Qatar is a stunning, vibrant nation."
In January 2020, Wilson appeared alongside CNN anchor Don Lemon and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali to discuss United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent exchange with an NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly. During this segment, Wilson made comments towards Trump supporters stating they were "part of the credulous boomer rube demo." He also employed the tone of Southern American English in the segment for emphasis.
In June 2020, Wilson tweeted a response to a 2012 Domino's Pizza tweet thanking White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, then a college student, for her opinion that Domino's pizza was superior to pizza from New York. In his tweet, Wilson declared, "You just killed your brand." This later prompted a response from Domino's Pizza's official Twitter account, saying "Welp. It's unfortunate that thanking a customer for a compliment back in 2012 would be viewed as political. Guess that's 2020 for ya."   
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- Stein, Sam (February 25, 2015). "Bitter Fights Over DHS Brought Down A Democrat In 2002. Could It Happen To The GOP In 2016?". HuffPost.
- @TheRickWilson (July 18, 2015). "16/ My infamous Cleland ad (aside from distortions) never questioned his setvice, but his votes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "New Filings Show Qatar Tries to Woo Both Pro- and Anti-Trump GOP". Newsweek. June 9, 2020.
- "Qatar's Doha Forum gives Iran a platform in post-ISIS Middle East". The Jerusalem Post. December 18, 2018.
- "CNN's Don Lemon Cracks Up As Rick Wilson, Wajahat Ali Trash Trump Supporters As Ignorant Rubes". realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
- Flood, Brian (June 16, 2020). "Domino's Pizza mocks Rick Wilson for politicizing Kayleigh McEnany's 2012 compliment: 'Guess that's 2020 for ya'". Fox News.
- Coleman, Justine (June 16, 2020). "Domino's dismisses criticism for 2012 tweet to White House press secretary". TheHill.
- Taylor, Kate. "'Guess that's 2020 for ya': Domino's responds to Twitter backlash over thanking a Trump staffer for a compliment 8 years ago". Business Insider.