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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House review tell-all burns all

Michael Wolff has written a volume to shake America to its foundations, a brutal expos of an administration filled with anxiety and dysfunction

Amid the daily blare of Donald Trump’s White House comes Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s tell-all, merely in time for the first anniversary of the Trump inaugural. Like the” burn book” in the movie Mean Girls, Fire and Fury contains a toxic narrative that singes all.

In Wolff’s telling, Trump World is cacophonous and dysfunctional. Trump and those who work for him come across as all too happy to “share”, while patriotism is nearly wholly absent from their landscape.

Trump purportedly taunts his own sons’ intellectual shortcomings and mocks Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, as a suck-up. Melania Trump, the president’s third spouse, yells in regret on election nighttime over her husband’s electoral college win. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former senior consultant, pummels Jared and Ivanka, AKA Javanka, for their incredible lightness of being.

As to be expected, Bannon takes no captives and speaks with the loudest voice. He brands the now infamous June 2016 fulfill at Trump Tower that was attended by a passel of Russians, Don Jr, Kushner and Paul Manafort, Trump’s then campaign director who is now under indictment, as “treasonous”, ” unpatriotic” and” bad shit “.

Bannon likewise sees special counselor Robert Mueller stiffening his noose around the Oval Office.” I’m pretty good at coming up with solutions ,” Wolff quotes Bannon as saying.” I came up with a answer for his broken-dick campaign in a period, but I don’t see this. I don’t see a plan for getting through .”

To his credit, Wolff catches the parallels between Bannon and Trump:” If Trump is incapable of voicing like a chairman, Bannon had matched him; he was incapable of voicing like a presidential aide .”

Trump’s circle of “friends”, family and acquaintances are illustrated as no less unsparing in their criticisms of the president. According to Wolff, Rupert Murdoch called Trump” a fucking idiot” after the two men ended a phone call. Devoted the pending Fox-Disney deal, Murdoch may be wishing Fire and Fury dropped a few months later.

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Sean Hannity, Trump’s staunchest ally on tv, is audibly disturbed by Trump’s failure to offer condolences to the widow of Roger Ailes, Hannity’s former boss at Fox News. Hannity is caught saying:” What the fuck is wrong with him ?”

In a similar vein, Tom Barrack, a 30 -year Trump buddy, allegedly find:” He’s not only crazy … he’s stupid .”

For the record, Barrack- who denied attaining that statement after the first excerpts of the book were published- chaired Trump’s inaugural, was according to Wolff considered for White House chief of staff, and brought Manafort into the campaign.

Even Javanka pilings on. Upset by his father-in-law’s indecision over America’s response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons, Kushner complains that the president just doesn’t get it. As for Ivanka, she is reported to have mocked her father’s hair.

Fire and Fury also captures the ethno-religious tensions that have reportedly been disfigured Trump’s White House. Wolff quotes Henry Kissinger’s take on the feud between Kushner and Bannon as” a campaign between the Jews and non-Jews “. Here, Kissinger and Wolff likely overstate. But the background of Pepe the Frog as a constant campaign meme, coupled with David Duke and white nationalist Richard Spencer‘s man-crushes on Trump, leave the reader wondering.

Wolff’s access to Trump and his inner circle is evident. At the outset, Wolff writes of how he sat down with Trump in his Beverly Hills home, while Kushner and Trump aides Hope Hicks and Corey Lewandowski milled about. Likewise, the quotes obviously bespeak knowledge and close proximity.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump represents an movement, and that fact deserved greater elucidation by Wolff. Said differently, among Fire and Fury’s shortcomings are its failure to adequately explain how Trump arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and its insufficient expressed appreciation for the bond forged by Trump and his base. In that appreciation, the book lacks the connective tissue present in Devil’s Bargain, Joshua Green’s take on the Trump campaign and the first few months of the presidency.

Clearly, Fire and Fury has set off a blizzard that has left its share of casualties. By Wednesday night, Bannon was on a political respirator and his role as keeper of the Trumpist flame was no more.

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Steve Bannon listens as Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/ AFP/ Getty Images

In addition to being pummeled by the president, Bannon has reportedly been abandoned by the Mercer Family, his benefactors. Adding insult to injury, Michael Grimm, an ex-congressman convicted of tax evasion, disavowed Bannon’s support for his comeback. Bannon had gone from the leading voice of populism activist to a impersonation. As for Trump, he has reminded the Faithful there shall be no others before Him.

The first amendment may also be tested. In addition to sending a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon for allegedly contravening a non-disclosure agreement, Trump’s lawyers threw a legal brushback pitch at Wolff and Henry Holt, the book’s publisher. Without citing any particular false content, Team Trump threatened legal action in an attempt to halt publication.

Significantly, Trump’s lawyers did not cite national security as grounds for killing the book in its birthplace. Rather, this fight is about honor and intimidation. Henry Holt responded by bringing publishing presented to Friday. The book, the publisher claimed, is” an extraordinary contribution to our national discourse “.

Synchronously, Steven Spielberg’s movie, The Post, which portrays the Nixon administration’s unsuccessful is making an effort to block the Washington Post and the New York Times’ book of the Pentagon Papers, was put in theaters. Ultimately, that episode became viewed as a prelude to Watergate and Richard Nixon’s downfall.

Make no mistake, Wolff’s latest is a must-read. It pulls away whatever curtain still robes the Trump White House, leaving those who know Trump best to do the talking.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ us-news/ 2018/ jan/ 05/ fire-and-fury-inside-the-trump-white-house-michael-wolff-review

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