The man-child in the White House is notoriously sensitive and paranoid about his image. He needs his ego stroked constantly in his obsessive quest to be seen as “making America great again” despite his obvious unfitness for the job he’s been elected to do.
In an explosive new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, everything Trump does not want the public to know about him is revealed by author Michael Wolff. In fact, the president was so furious when details of the book were leaked early that he directed his lawyers to issue a cease and desist order to stop the book from going to press. In response, the publishers released the book five days ahead of schedule, available for purchase on Friday instead of January 9th.
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018
Trump, as he so often does, issued a scathing and insulting tweet in his rage, making up new schoolyard bully nicknames for his old pal and former chief strategist who sat on the national security council, Steve Bannon, who is quoted in Wolff’s book as saying that Donald Trump, Jr.’s infamous meeting with Russian government operatives in June of 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Despite Trump’s best efforts, the book is selling fast and the author appeared on The Today Show for an interview with Savannah Guthrie. The president’s attempts to shut down the book’s release is not only a violation of the First Amendment, Wolff says it also proves everything that was said about him.
‘Not only is he helping me sell books, he is helping me to prove the point of the book. This is extraordinary, that the president of the United States would try to stop the publication of a book…[Such a move] has not happened from other presidents, would not even happen from a CEO of a mid-sized company.’
Several outlandish and conspiracy-filled books were published about President Obama and President Clinton, neither of whom addressed those books or seemed concerned about them at all. Trump’s reaction proves that while the details and quotes in the book are salacious and damaging, they’re more than likely completely true. His assertion that Wolff was never given access to the White House has been debunked entirely, with numerous political reporters who have daily access to the White House confirming that Wolff was indeed there.
FWIW: The several times I saw Wolff at the White House, he was cleared-in with a blue 'appointment" badge allowing West Wing access, rather than a gray "press" badge.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 3, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the book “some trash [by] an author that no one had ever heard of until today” and pointed out discrepancies in quotes Wolff recorded, such as Hope Hicks’s age being 29 instead of 26, none of which Wolff himself wrote but simply quoted from others.
Sanders also insisted that nearly every interview given to Wolff by White House staff and insiders were set up at the request of Steve Bannon, who she now says leaked stories to the press throughout his time in the Trump administration as a result of his agenda to damage the president in retaliation for firing him. Until now, Trump had insisted that Bannon’s move was cordial and that he had not been fired but resigned to return to his chief executive officer position at Breitbart.
Trump will not get his way this time. The book has been released and the American public is reading inside views of the Trump administration and the insanity that has been the first year of his presidency, which they absolutely have the right and a pressing need to hear.
See the full Today Show interview below:
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