Michael Wolff to Trump: Thanks for Helping Me Sell Books
You might be putting the cart before the horse, guy.
Michael Wolff, the author of what has to be the hottest book on the market right now (although, not nearly as soul-gratifying as my book – shameless plug), feels as if “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is going to open the eyes of people and may actually end Trump’s presidency.
So forget all about Russian collusion. Bumbling incompetency is going to do the trick.
That’s not too far of a fling, actually. One really bad move could do it, but Trump has insulated himself with people far more competent and worthy of their positions. To date, they’re keeping him from stepping over the edge.
In a recent interview, Wolff said:
“The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job,” Wolff told BBC radio, according to Reuters.
I never thought he could do the job. He’s made some solid moves in his first year in office, but I actually give the credit to those around him. As I said from the beginning, it was the Cabinet that would do the actual work, and much like his business dealings, Trump would be the Ronald McDonald of politics. He’s the face of the presidency, but the actual work is being done by somebody else.
Wolff leans to some old rumors in the book about Trump’s campaign plans. Namely, he never intended to be president. He was going to clean up by being the almost president, build up a ready-made audience, and launch a new TV network venture, TrumpTV.
Because nobody thought he would win, nobody prepared for the job. In fact, while Trump bragged openly to his glassy-eyed followers that he’d finance his own campaign and be beholden to none (How many times did I hear a Trumper say, “He can’t be bought!”), he put very little of his own money into the campaign. He took donations, like every other candidate, but to this day, not a single Trump supporter can be convinced of that.
He didn’t run his campaign like somebody that wanted to win. It was a show to him. He was worthless in debates, because he obviously didn’t understand the questions being asked of him, but his base would flood online polls and declare him the winner, even before the debates were over (which tells me they didn’t understand the questions, either, nor did they care).
Wolff uncovered so much of what is now going on in the chaotic Trump White House, and whether his accounts are 100 percent accurate or not, enough of it rings true that people are zeroed in and paying attention.
Trump struck out at Wolff on Friday night (on Twitter, of course), slamming him as a “loser” and calling his book “boring and untruthful.”
Ok. Wolff, however, is thanking Trump for helping him sell books, which, in turn, is opening eyes.
“I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect,” Wolff said. “Suddenly everywhere people are going ‘oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’”
For some of us, it’s not so suddenly. If this has any real impact on the future of Trump’s presidency remains to be seen.
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