Next Tuesday, January 9th, a new book hits the shelves. Its title is: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, and it was written by Michael Wolff, a veteran journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, the Guardian, the Hollywood Reporter and other publications. While it is not the first book to be written about Trump, it is the first that is not written by a Trump sycophant. If you wish a preview, NY Magazine published an excerpt that is well worth the read.
One segment stands out above the rest in terms of drawing Trump’s immediate ire. It is a comment made by Steve Bannon in response to the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and several Russians in June 2016:
“The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero,” said an astonished and derisive [Stephen K.] Bannon, not long after the meeting was revealed. “The three senior guys in the campaign,” an incredulous Bannon went on, “thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the twenty-fifth floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s–t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
It took Trump very little time to hit back … his written statement, read by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was as follows:
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.”
Since none of the book seems to paint Trump in a favourable light, I am guessing we’ll hear more of these ‘statements’ in the coming week. There are so many falsehoods in the above statement, so many incidents of him patting himself on the back, that I won’t even pick it apart, but you don’t need me to anyway, for you are all savvy enough to know the dung when you see it. And now, the ball is back in Bannon’s court … I am going to guess he’ll lob it back before long. Stay tuned …