Hell Hath No Fury Like A Scorned Trump

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.

Fire and FuryOne 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 …

52 thoughts on “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Scorned Trump

    • He’s blustered some, made a few predictable threats, but I wonder if perhaps he has been advised to lie low, for his advisors at least must surely realize that it is his tariffs that are largely to blame?

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      • Yes… instead of building he is ruining things and the voters are blind to what is really happening. The Conservatives here are trying to lay the blame for GM closing on the Liberals, playing the blame game as usual, but GM here said it wasn’t a political decision based on what the Liberals did it was a cooperate decision based on the times we now live in. But I agree it’s probably the tariffs imposed by Trump that stated the ball rolling.
        I’m never satisfied with the status quo when the people get hurt. But what can you do when they make the rules but don’t follow them, themselves.

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        • The ol’ blame game, eh? And meanwhile, Trump blusters and rants. It is said that he told the CEO of GM that she “better damn well open a new plant in Ohio quickly”. What a guy, eh? Since when does the prez have the right to dictate to a manufacturer? I think here most are simply blaming Trump, his tariffs, and the greed of the CEOs and other top dogs to squeeze every last nickel of profit they can. I hope that this is a wake-up call to some of the people who think Trump is acting in their best interest, but sadly I suspect it will take even more.

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  1. Glad I could help. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

    They say it because we are ignorant of the facts, blindly trust those who lie to us and through up our hands and give up… I too suffer from Asthma living in a city but when I go to the country where there is a forest I breath better and my body functions better. We were not made to live in a concrete city but in nature.

    It’s a three edged sword:
    One the Oxygen that sustains life goes into the engine, the CO2 that kills comes out the tail pipe and the trees that purifies the air can’t keep up.

    I have always said; the Natives all over the world hold the answer to managing the environment but they are herded into reserves, kept from places of authority and silenced to protect business. I for one Am tired of hearing what is good for business is good for all of us as we face the growing cost of pollution that is detrimental to all life. Not only human life but the animals are dying too and becoming instinct.

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    • Indeed, that is what it’s all about … communication, sharing ideas and knowledge … that’s why I love my blog, I’ve learned so much from others.

      Like you, I find I not only breathe easier in the woods, or anywhere in nature, but also feel better, more at peace. Too many people in a crowded place are offputting to me, which is why I can barely abide malls or crowded restaurants. Mind you, as a rule I like people, but just in smaller doses, a small gathering of friends or family, actually talking to one another.

      Brazil’s new president, Bolsonaro, has plans to further ‘de-forest’ the rain forest in that nation, and many, including myself, are horrified by that intent. The bottom line is, as I’ve seen written many times lately, the planet will survive without us, but we won’t survive without the planet. We have not been good stewards of our environment, and now we are paying the price in some of the most severe fires, hurricanes & monsoons in history. Mankind, it seems to me, is setting off on a path to his own extinction, and sadly, taking the other species down with him.

      I rant about many topics on this blog, but my two pet peeves are racism and the environment. Here in the U.S., we are not doing a great job with either one.

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  2. Forget the label about being negative… It’s not only the adding of the CO2 to our air but the forest (the lungs of this world) are being lost at an alarming rate by clear cutting and the forest fires…. but if you happen to mention that you want to slow things down a bit the bosses of the love of money will come against you like a fire breathing dragon.

    Years ago I kept asking myself
    How Mush Air Does it Take to Burn one Tank of Gasoline in a car, just one car?
    One day I was watching ShadeTree Mechanics and the answer came.
    It takes 186,000 gallons of air to burn one tank of gas in a car.
    The oxygen in the air is dropping while the CO2 is increasing and that’s why people are getting cancer and etc.

    To make a fire you need 3 things

    Fuel
    Heat
    Oxygen
    Carbon Monoxide is not one of those elements

    During the industrial revolution in England a scientist wanted to know why cancer was on the increase in the people’s lives? He took two human cells.

    One he fed Oxygen in a test tube and the other CO2.
    The oxygen one split and were healthy
    While the CO2 cell split but died.

    The Fire Triangle
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=3+things+you+need+to+start+a+fire&rlz=1C1GCEB_en___CA824&oq=3+things+you+need+to+start+a+fire&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.8655j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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    • Wow! Thank you for that info … some of it I knew, but most of it is new to me. I have severe asthma, and for the last several days I’ve noticed it is harder to breathe than usual … the answer seems to be that the smoke from the California fires has made it all the way to the East Coast now and is causing problems. How in the heck can any thinking person believe that we can just ignore this and go on living as we have been, burning fossil fuels willy-nilly, polluting our air and our water, not to mention the soil we rely on to grow food? How can anybody say, with a straight face, that climate change is a hoax?

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  3. Well the Conservatives here like the Republicans down south and all over the world are lining up things to get what they want and it`s working. Justine is no different.
    I guess the Panama Papers exposing the off shore accounts gave them something to worry about.
    We are not going to stop it…. big business is getting their ways more and more as they unite in taking over and eventually in their greed they will eventually replace us all with their machines.
    The Trillions dollar question is; THEN WHAT…

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    • And that’s a question I don’t think any of us have an answer for. But, I think that as we not only fail to address climate change, but actively and intentionally (in Trump’s case) keep adding more and more CO2 to the atmosphere, the human race is on a path toward self-extinction, so it may be a question that takes a backseat to such things as: how can we desalinate sea water, what crops can be grown in very dry, arid areas, what type of apparatus will we wear on our face to allow us to breathe? Cheerful, aren’t I?

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    • Well, how many times have I used that phrase … ‘the beginning of the end’ … and he weaseled his way out. Or as my sister-in-law used to say, fell into a pile of sh** and came out smelling like a rose. 😀

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    • I hope … but I’ve said that before and been wrong. 😦 And aggregate polls are showing him in the 37%-38% range still. I’m not sure what it takes for his lemmings to awaken and smell the coffee!

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  4. Dear Jill,
    It should be a sin that I’m so enjoying this blowout between President Trump and Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon did not just give the finger to the president but he also gave it to the republican sycophants currying for the president’s favor. Mr. Bannon just displayed the president’s nakedness for all to see, to where they can’t turn away or pretend that they didn’t see anything.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  5. I feel like we’re watching a pro-wrestling rivalry play out. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is fake unless Bannon is trying to position himself as Trump’s successor in 2020. That would be another nail in the coffin of our democracy.

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    • Pop some popcorn and sit back to watch the circus! Plenty of elephants! no, I don’t think it’s fake. I suspect there are some exaggerations in the book, but from the excerpt I read, too much of it mirrors exactly what we have seen. In one part, Trump yelled at a cleaning woman for picking his shirt up off the floor, saying “if my shirt is on the floor, it’s because I want it there!” That doesn’t surprise me a bit! I only fear that he will go off half-cocked and do something dangerously stupid. Should be an interesting month, yes? Probably an interesting year. The bright side, in addition to a bit of strange humour, is that this may splinter the GOP enough to upend the mid-terms in favour of the democrats.

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      • Agreed. His positioning with nukes and N. Korea concerns me. He filed a lawsuit against Bannon to shut him up today. That must mean there is more damaging stuff that has yet to leak. I also read a report filed by a number of mental health professionals today stating that he is dangerously ill from a mental standpoint and that the 25th amendment should be invoked to declare him unstable. Should be entertaining.

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        • Quite! The 25th isn’t likely to happen, though I have argued for invoking it a few times, but with the boot-licking Congress we have at the moment, I think it unlikely. Sigh. It’s entertaining, but in an ulcer-inducing sort of way.

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  6. Now this is interesting.
    We know that Bannon has a dedicated following of his own of whom many voted for Trump. So what are they going to do? Will some decide Bannon is a Judas? Will others feel he is a victim and Trump is no better than the rest? Will this give rise to a whole lot of ‘insurgency candidates’ thus given GOP a problem for 2018? And there’s the thought of Bannon getting hate-mail from some of his own disillusioned constituency for ‘selling-out’
    And if this were not enough entertainment, will Trump going into a thunderous Shakespearean brooding style, sitting in a large chair in a shadow haunted room, scowling into middle distance, trusting no one and muttering monologues?
    (Q: Pence surrounded by ‘well-wishing’ kingmakers whispering ‘things’ in his ear. Followed Pence’s monologue on Indecision vs Loyalty Vs ‘Duty’)
    ‘The Bard’ would have loved this material.
    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

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    • Oh indeed! The circus just got wilder! The conservative media, such as Fox, are supporting Trump. Even some of Bannon’s own Breitbart staff have thrown him under the bus! The pundits are all trying to project how this will affect the mid-terms. And now, Trump’s lawyers have sent a “cease and desist” letter to the book’s author and publisher in an effort to halt the publication of the book on Tuesday. Same lawyers are threatening to sue Bannon for ‘breach of contract’ and breaching a confidentiality agreement. Going to get some popcorn and sit back to watch the live circus … lots of elephants! 😀 Should be fun, yes?

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  7. How easy Mr Trump makes winning seem , why he even pulled it off in competition among the elite , not just elite but the best we have ever seen. Those who desert the triumphant Trump vessel are doomed to failure and the reason is clear , only Mr Trump has supported the unheard American voice , only Mr Trump is not out for himself but fighting to make America’s great again. Hey this has a familiar political ring I’m sure I’ve heard it before somewhere.

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    • 😀 😀 😀 …. Yes, he and only he can clean up the complete mess left by Obama! And Bush! And Clinton! And probably even Roosevelt and maybe Lincoln, too! Now hmmmm …. where indeed might we have heard that before???

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  8. Jill, Mr. Bannon has thrown some accelerant on the Trump fire. I am no fan of Bannon, but I am amused how Trump describes Bannon as just a staffer, having little impact on his win and having no one on one meetings with the President. It should be pointed out to Mr. Trump that he was a senior strategist ok reward for his work on the campaign and there are pictures of one on one meetings.

    I do agree that Junior and Jared’s meeting with the Russiabd was treasonous and have felt that way from the outset. And, since the President changed his story twice on his knowledge of that meeting, I am hard pressed to disagree with Bannon’s assertion they met with the big guy.

    Bannon has shown to Trump sycophants that their beloved may be in fact guilty. Keith

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    • Yes, like you, I do not like Bannon, but I dislike Trump even more. And my fond hope is that this splinters the factions within the GOP enough to tilt the mid-terms in favour of the Democrats. Looks like it’s going to be a bit of a circus for a while, doesn’t it? I’m ready to see Mueller issue indictments against Kushner and Don Jr. I will dance in the street when/if that happens.

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  9. I hope the senate and congress try and act like AMERICANS for once in their political careers! If, frankly the democrats had not walked out when the repubicans were trying to Impeach Clinton, we would not have been in the position of a choice between the mrs and trump to begin with. this has been a long time in the making, and I can only pray that it doesn’t totally destroy the country before the ICC is finally out of the capital.

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    • It’s hard to say if that connection is valid or not, for each variable carries others, and the “what-if” scenarios tend to get convoluted. Bottom line is that Trump did not win the election, but won in the electoral college. The irony of that, of course, is that the electoral college was created to prevent the very thing is allowed to happen. The next priorities are: a) get the garbage out of Congress in the November mid-terms, and b) protect Robert Mueller’s investigation until he has completed it, for the results are certain to remove Trump from office.

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    • Yes, I’m not sure if it will be an explosion or an implosion at this point, but something is sure to give soon. Like you, I hope Mueller has kicked into high gear and has at least enough to make impeachment a no-brainer.

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  10. Wow – I had not seen this statement yet! I find it especially amusing that Drumpf blames Banster for the loss in Alabama. Not that the candidate was a child molester. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out! Well, perhaps that’s the wrong word. Let’s say I can’t pull my eyes away from the $%^#storm that is coming our way…

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    • Oh yes, I think you probably should pop some popcorn and settle in for the show, with plenty of fireworks throughout the coming week(s)! It took but a few hours to turn into something akin to a circus. Gronda and I both said this is so much fun, but we probably ought to be enjoying it so much. It’s likely to have ramifications for the mid-terms that may help democrats, but … who knows??? Funny that even some of Bannon’s Breitbart staff reported against him. Gonna be fun … Stay tuned … 😀

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