F ormer ABC News Political Director Mark Halperin has signed an agreement to publish a book on how to defeat President Trump in 2020 as part of his attempt to return to public life after being accused of sexual harassment in 2017 year.
Politico reported on Sunday that the former journalist plans to publish the book How to Beat Trump: America's Top Political Strategists on What It Will Take after concluding a deal with Regan Arts. Halperin, 54, interviewed 75 Democrat strategists for the book, including David Axelrod and Donna Brasile.
When news of his involvement appeared, Axelrod tried to distance himself from Halperin, stating that he regretted helping him in the first place.
"To those who have asked, I have known Mark Halperin as a reporter for 25 years. He emailed me three questions about the 2020 race for a book he was writing, and I answered a few sentences without thinking enough about how my involvement will be used or interpreted, "said the former Obama strategist on Twitter." In answering Halperin's questions, I did not in any way want to excuse his past, ruthless behavior, and in retrospect at all regret that I answered. "
to Halperin's questions, no way I wanted to apologize for his past, ruthless behavior, and in retrospect I regret to say it.
̵1; David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod)
August 18, 2019
Brazil admitted to CNN that she had interviewed Halperin for his book, but said she was not the author.
I also asked @donnabrazile about her participation in Halperin's book. She replied to my email, saying, "I'm not the author. Ask Mark why he chose us. " I followed, noting that he was obviously the author, but she willingly participated in the project. She didn't answer.
– Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy)
August 18, 2019
In 2017, Halperin was fired after at least a dozen women came forward and accused him of humiliating and sexual harassment.
"During this period, I pursued relationships with women I worked with, including some younger ones," Halperin says in a statement at the time. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and hurt others. For this I deeply regret and apologize. In these circumstances, I will take a step back from my day-to-day work while properly handling this situation. "
Since then, Halperin reappeared in the media, along with radio appearances and the failed attempt by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to make him an online political show.
Judith Regan, who publishes Halperin's book, he made a statement saying, "I in no way shape or justify any harm done by one human being to another. I have also lived long enough to believe in the forgiveness, second chance and offering of a human being. the road to redemption HOW TO Beat Trump is important, volume Flax book and I hope all have a chance to read it. "