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How Redemption Took Tim Murtaugh From Jail to Air Force One

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With Air Force One behind him, President Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Sept. 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. (DREW ANGERER/Getty Images)

John Quick (Solo Blog) By Friday, 17 May 2024 02:29 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

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I recently had the extraordinary opportunity to sit down with Tim Murtaugh, a man whose journey from the depths of addiction to the pinnacle of political communications is both remarkable and inspiring. Tim's story is a testament to the power of redemption and the human spirit's ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Tim Murtaugh, former communications director for the 2020 Trump reelection campaign, has chronicled his incredible journey in his new book, "Swing Hard in Case You Hit It: My Escape from Addiction and Shot at Redemption on the Trump Campaign." Our conversation delved deeply into his personal battles and professional milestones, providing a unique perspective on resilience and recovery.

Tim's story begins with a wake-up call in the most literal sense. "I woke up in a jail cell in Fairfax County, Virginia," Tim recounted. He had been arrested again due to his struggles with alcoholism, facing the grim prospect of complete personal and professional ruin.

"I was on probation for my second DUI, and I knew that violating it would mean serving 80 days in jail, losing my job, and effectively ending my career," he explained.

This moment of abject fear became a turning point. Determined to change his life, Tim committed to sobriety with unwavering resolve.

"I did about a hundred hours of community service, attended countless AA meetings, and voluntarily installed an ignition interlock device in my car," he said. His dedication paid off when the prosecutor decided not to pursue charges, allowing him a second chance.

From there, Tim's career took a remarkable turn. Less than four years after his pivotal wake-up call, he found himself aboard Air Force One, flying with President Donald J. Trump.

"It's about my journey of how I made it from a jail cell to riding on Air Force One," Tim shared, highlighting the stark contrast and the incredible redemption arc of his life.

Tim's role in the 2020 Trump campaign was not just a professional achievement; it was a personal victory. "If you do political communications, there are two jobs at the top of the mountain: White House Press Secretary and running communications for the incumbent president's reelection campaign," he noted.

His experiences on the campaign trail, especially during the historic Battle Creek, Michigan, rally on the night of Trump's first impeachment, were profound. "Standing next to Vice President Mike Pence, watching the impeachment unfold on Fox Television while Trump addressed 12,000 supporters just behind a curtain, was surreal," Tim recalled.

Beyond his professional accolades, Tim's story is one of human resilience. His book is not merely about politics; it is a narrative of survival and redemption.

"I wanted to write a book like the ones that helped me during rehab, real people telling their stories about crazy stuff that happened to them and how they got out of it," he said. Tim's commitment to sharing his journey aims to inspire others facing similar battles.

Today, Tim continues to shape political discourse as the founder of Line Drive Public Affairs and as a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation. His contributions to The Daily Signal cover current events, public policy, and the news media, always with a sharp, conservative perspective.

His dedication to conservative principles and his ability to overcome personal challenges make his insights invaluable.

Reflecting on his journey, Tim remarked, "I've been sober since May 16, 2015, and my two young sons have never seen their dad take a drink. Writing this book keeps my experiences fresh and reminds me of what's at stake."

His story is a powerful reminder that no matter how daunting the obstacles, redemption is within reach.

For anyone struggling with addiction or facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, Tim's journey offers hope and inspiration. His book, "Swing Hard in Case You Hit It," is a compelling read that underscores the power of resilience and the possibility of a new beginning.

In a world often focused on political division, Tim Murtaugh's story transcends partisan lines, illustrating the universal themes of struggle, recovery, and triumph. As he continues to influence political strategy and communications, his journey from a jail cell to Air Force One remains a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit.

John Quick is a seasoned entrepreneur and a former regional director for Samaritan's Purse. He's also known as chief implementor and red tape cutter. Read John Quick's Reports — More Here.

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