Josh Green is the president of the National Association of Manufacturers and a leading critic of President Donald Trump.
But Green is also the author of a new book that promises to be a book that Democrats and their liberal base will take seriously.
Green says he’s already read the book and says he will be “very excited” to be involved.
“I think that’s what people have been saying to me, that I have a lot of ideas that are going to be very exciting to be part of the conversation,” he told The Hill.
“This book is going to provide a framework for people to start thinking about the future of our country and what it means to be an American.”
The book, titled “America First: Reclaiming America’s Promise,” has already been hailed as a breakthrough by both liberals and conservatives, with Green saying he’s confident the book will “be an important catalyst for the progressive movement” as it focuses on economic, social and environmental justice.
Green, who is also a founding board member of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), is the author and co-editor of several books, including a 2015 book called “The New Republicanism: A Republican Primer.”
“The American people have not been given a fair and balanced explanation of how to fix their economic problems, they have not had a clear strategy for how to create jobs and rebuild our nation,” Green said.
Green said he believes Democrats and liberal activists should be prepared to engage with Trump because “it will be the first time that they have a chance to be elected president.”
“They have the luxury of being able to have a really robust conversation about the things that matter to them and how they want to change things,” he said.
The Hill spoke with Green by phone from his home in Los Angeles.
Green also said he will host a rally with Democratic senators from California, Oregon and Alaska in the next few weeks.
Green has a deep understanding of the issues facing American workers and said the book could help lay the groundwork for working with lawmakers to get things done.
“In the book, you really get a sense of the challenges and the things the president and the Democrats are willing to fight for and fight for,” he added.
“It’s a very different book than a lot that people have read.”
Green has been a vocal critic of Trump during his time in office.
He has also been vocal in his support of Sanders during his presidential run.
But he also said the election of Trump is not the same as an end to his political activism.
“It’s not about me saying I’m out.
I’ve got a lot going on, a lot more than a couple of months ago.
It’s about the people,” he explained.
Green pointed to his work as a designer as a reason for his political views.
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d have made a different decision.
The political process is very different than the design process,” he continued.
“If you’re in the design business, you know how hard it is to get good designs out there.
It takes months to get them done.”
He added, “If the government’s going to make policy, they should do it in a way that benefits the American people, not the corporate interests.”
Green is a registered Republican.
The National Association for Manufacturers is a trade group for the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicles, aircraft, electronics and other products.
Its membership includes companies such as Honda, General Electric, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and many others.
Green was a member of Trump’s Manufacturing Advisory Council and is one of several members who have been tapped to be Trump’s top economic advisors.
He has also said that he would be interested in working on behalf of Democrats if he could return to the White House.
But Green is still waiting for the Republican-controlled Congress to act.
“Democrats in Congress have been incredibly obstructionist, so it will be very interesting to see what happens with them,” he joked.
“But, as I said, I’m excited.
I have the opportunity to bring together a team of very talented people who I know have a great vision for the future, and I’m ready to be the catalyst.”