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Rick Wilson
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Wilson in 2018
Born Richard Wilson
Tampa, FL, U.S.
Residence Tallahassee, FL, U.S.
Occupation Political strategist, author, media consultant
Years active 1988–present
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Molly Wilson
Children 2

Rick Wilson is a 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.[1]

Wilson became well known during the 2016 United States presidential election for his denunciations of Donald Trump and radical supporters of Trump.[2] Examples include calling Trump an "insecure" "dictator"[3] and criticizing his alt-right supporters on Twitter.[4]


Wilson entered the political arena by campaigning for Connie Mack during the 1988 Florida Senate election. He later 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 Rudolph 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.

Since 2000, Wilson has augmented his media presence by writing opinion and analysis columns for publication such as The Daily Beast, Politico, The New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Independent Journal Review, and Ricochet[5][6] and is a frequent guest on various mainstream media outlets.


Wilson released his first book, Everything Trump Touches Dies, in 2018.[7]


  1. ^ "Rick Wilson". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Rick Wilson: Donald Trump's Base Are Neo-Nazis And "Frog Meme Idiots"". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Donald Trump, the Insecure Pledge in the Dictatorship Fraternity". Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Racist Trump supporters 'masturbate to anime,' says GOP strategist". Retrieved 2018-07-24. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Rick. "Rick Wilson on". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Author Page Rick Wilson". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
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