Trump’s future DOJ spokeswoman said the Republicans he trounced in 2016 reminded her of the people who lost to Hitler

Standing from left to right on a CNBC debate stage, several of them clapping their hands, are 2016 GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul.
GOP 2016 candidates (l-r) Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul during CNBC’s debate at the University of Colorado Boulder on October 28, 2015. David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU
  • Sarah Isgur told Insider GOP candidates beaten out by Trump were akin to those who lost to Hitler.
  • The Carly Fiorina campaign vet took a Trump administration job in February 2017.
  • She attempted to defend her “shallow state” stint in a 2020 op-ed.
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A campaign aide for former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said she took the systematic evisceration of the GOP field by Donald Trump pretty hard – attempting, at one point, to escape the psychic trauma by “listening to the Hamilton soundtrack just over and over.”

“I remember wondering who had run against Hitler in Germany and thinking those people deserve more credit in history. Because you can know what the threat is, and you can give everything you’ve got and still lose,” then-Fiorina deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur said during the reporting for Insider’s definitive oral history of Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party.

The musical therapy must have worked, given that nine months later Isgur wound up interviewing with the dream-crusher she’d dubbed “smart, but a bad person morally.”

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“What are you to make of the Trump skeptics who joined the administration thinking they could temper his worst instincts?” she wrote in a December 2020 op-ed designed to justify her participation in the politically compromised “shallow state.”

“I knew I was working for a president who wasn’t well versed in our Constitution or the work of the Justice Department,” she rationalized after signing on as a DOJ spokeswoman in February 2017. “But I told myself it was my duty to serve.”

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