Following yesterday’s explosive revelations from Steve Bannon’s interviews excerpted in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” there’s more juicy tidbits straight from the horse’s mouth.
The book’s author, journalist Michael Wolff has penned a first person account of his “insane” year in Trump’s White House for the Hollywood Reporter.
CNBC’s John Harwood tweeted out maybe the biggest reveal from the interview.
Wolff on Trump’s aides: “my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.” https://t.co/PNCuMmyFYt
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 4, 2018
Wolff recounts in minute detail his observations after a year spent incredulous at the goings on inside the Trump White House.
Even the way he got the unfettered access to the inner workings of the administration is bananas: he asked Trump himself if he could come to the White House for a “fly-on-the-wall” style info gathering for “later publication,” and Trump – not fully understanding the request – said “knock yourself out.”
So Wolff got a front row seat to the nuclear meltdown that kicked off on January 20, 2017 inside the White House.
Here’s what he witnessed:
Sean Spicer’s mantra became “you can’t make this shit up,” since he uttered it – audibly – before and after his circus-style daily press briefings.
Former Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus initially hoped to make it one full year inside the White House before scaling that estimate back to six months almost immediately after starting the job.
Kellyanne Conway’s signature move was a finger gun to her head.
President Trump would barricade himself inside his bedroom to hide from the Secret Service.
A campaign staffer, widely considered to know Trump better than anyone described the President, in his expert opinion, as “just a fucking fool.”
Trump watched and essentially giggled as screaming fights took place between his staffers in the Oval Office (when he wasn’t screaming himself).
Almost every member of his staff described Trump, often, as “essentially a child.”
Like your grandmother, Trump annoyed and the worried everyone with the increasing rapidity of his repetitions.
Where your Grandma has a rehearsed script of things she heard on daytime talk shows and semi-racist views she formulated in the aftermath of World War II that lasts at least 40 minutes before repeating, Trump’s has dwindled down to about 10 minutes worth of nonsensical soundbites.
The staff referred to Hope Hicks as “the Real Daughter” and Ivanka as “the Real Wife.”
With a full face of make up, Trump apparently failed to even recognize the faces of old friends at a holiday party at Mar-a-Lago, indicating his brain really may have turned to mush.
And that’s all allegedly from a primary source witnessing it first hand as it happened. That’s how bad things are in there: worse than you ever could have imagined. The question is who’s going to stop this runaway train before Trump drives us all off a cliff?
Trump’s cease-and-desist threat against the Michael Wolff’s bombshell book just backfired bigly
The internet has been burning up since New York Magazine published an excerpt chock-filled with gossipy insider details about the dysfunctional inner workings of the Trump administration from author Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Interest in the book has been so strong since President Trump tried to stop its release that the publisher, Henry Holt & Company, has been forced to move the publication date for the full book ahead of its original schedule.
While the New York Magazine excerpt was supposed to be the first promotional excerpt from the book, followed by an excerpt next week in The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian newspaper somehow managed to find a bookstore in New England willing to violate the publisher’s sales embargo and sell them a copy of the full book ahead of schedule. The Guardian‘s publication of details not included in the original excerpt forced The Hollywood Reporter to move the publication of their story to today.
Meanwhile, Henry Holt & Company has moved the publication date forward from next Tuesday to tomorrow after pre-orders shot the book to the top of the Amazon sales charts in less than a day.
Michael Wolff took to Twitter to thank the President for his help in advancing the publication date and making the book such a success.
Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) January 4, 2018
One would think that a President with a reputation of being such a master manipulator of the media, or at least the “fake news” media, would know that if you don’t want to draw attention to something, you don’t give it additional publicity, but somehow Trump failed to realize that by criticizing the book before anyone had the chance to read it, he only stoked the demand for it to new levels.
In the meantime, we can expect new morsels from the book to be revealed as the full text becomes available to the general public tomorrow.