Trump’s Unquestioned Certitudes
In the age when books have taken a back seat to the internet and cable TV, it was good seeing a book break through the clutter and create the kind of buzz that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House did last week. I, for one, having written my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, was quite interested in how this tome was constructed. For starters, Wolff’s book is a better read than my offering. As a friend mentioned, “He interviewed 200 people and did all that journalism stuff, while you just ranted.” Point made.
Being a reader and downloading the book a few minutes after it was available, I was able to read it in two days. It’s compelling. We already think that the White House is a chaotic place to work because of the massive leaks that paint a clear picture of our crazy orange king. Wolff’s book, in a sense, confirms that Donald Trump simply transplanted his bizarre need for love and lack of focus to the most important job in America.
The phrase “unquestioned certitudes” in the last chapter jumped out at me as evidence of Trump’s greatest weakness. He simply believes that “father knows best,” and the fact that this government and the people of the United States have allowed him to break a government rule on nepotism is shameful. If you have some time, Google 5 U.S. Code § 3110 – Employment of relatives; restrictions. It’s all there in plain English, Trump and his administration are in violation, and no one has stepped up to say, “NO!”
Wolff’s book is called a lie by the White House. They even released an official statement. Yet the President’s first act was to attack Steve Bannon. Then, proving the allegation about being “unfit for office,” Trump ordered his attorneys to send cease and desist letters to Bannon, the author and the publisher. REALLY? And what effect did that have? The writer laughed and the publisher advanced the release date. Trump’s pattern of self-inflicted fuckery continues. He is the problem, not the people he fires.
When Humpty Trumpty finally falls off the wall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men will not be able to help him. His harem of female enablers, from Hope Hicks, to Kellyanne Conway, to his daughter, Ivanka, have only made him less objective and dense. For all the talk of female empowerment, Trump has grabbed the wrong women to fortify his ego. According to the book, none of them really care about America and the Constitution, they care only about HIM and their position in his court.
The book doesn’t go easy on the men either. First, I must take issued with Michael Wolff on one of his talking points. He said, “This isn’t a book about Steve Bannon, this is a book about the White House in the first 200 days.” That’s bullshit. This book, and might I suggest Wolff himself, were tools of Bannon to get back at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The conspiracy is clear throughout the book. Bannon was the source of most of what has been written. Some of the sources have denied their quotes in the book, while Steve Bannon has apologized.
When Trump made the call to Bob and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Alt-Right backers of Breitbart and Trump, Bannon offered his mea culpa, Latin for “through my fault.” Don’t believe any of this bullshit being shoveled by the White House and Trump about this book being a total fabrication. Bannon has effectively screwed the President once again. Brannon is apologizing for the statements in the book, meaning he made them. And if only some of the descriptions are accurate, we are ALL IN TROUBLE.
In a few days, we will forget the stirring speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globe Awards show, but the Michael Wolff book will leave a nagging sensation in the hearts and minds of the people who have surrounded Donald Trump in a self-validating cocoon. Do they still believe that they must remain in place to save the Republic?
Please let me share fives things I took away from the book. Then I will shut up:
1.The deep-state that Bannon obsesses on is NOT some nefarious cadre of bureaucrats trying to bring down the White House. The deep state is the “Jarvanka” monster Trump created. Trump’s worst mistake was bringing his kids and family closer than experts.
2.Donald John Trump will never change and even his best ideas are nullified by the confusion and paranoia of his own mind. Trump is Richard Nixon on his worst day, every day, sans alcohol. Wolff nailed the evidence to the door that Trump has been manipulated by Bannon, Hicks, Conway, Omarosa, Scaramucci, his daughter and son-in-law from the beginning. Trump is being played like a video game.
3.Trump has no respect for women and their intellects. They are mere pieces of meat or comfort blankets existing solely for his use.
4. The Donald is a media junky and what he says he hates, he cannot live without. He craves attention and his actions and reactions to everything are based not on what is right and good for the American people but what makes him feel warm and fuzzy. Trump declares that he doesn’t drink, but he self-medicates with Diet Coke all day to get the necessary high allowing him to get through the insanity of a job he never wanted. According to Wolff, Donald never thought he would win. Oops!
5.Trump harbors a dark, unproductive need to create drama to amuse himself. He’s bored, having no attention span or need for intellectual engagement. I suspect that this man is dyslectic. Nothing wrong with that, but it would explain his lack of desire to read. It would also point to that fact that he was never corrected or taught how to overcome this flaw.
Wolff took advantage of getting just enough truth from his White House visits to piece together a truly sad story of a man who was made by other people’s money and smarts. We don’t have a focused businessperson as the leader of the free world. We have, according to Wolff’s account, a person truly unfit to be President.
A smart news organization would sue for access to the White House visitor logs. We need to see how many visits Wolff made to the place to judge the veracity of the stories he tells. Once again, what Trump doesn’t show us is what we all want to see.
With all the conflict in the world, why do we need conflict in the White House? The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is good book, even though it doesn’t have an ending. Hopefully we might get that soon, right Mr. Mueller?
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