White House may burn, but Trump’s tweets smoulder on
The exposés are unstoppable but it remains to be seen if Trump’s supporters are even one bit concerned
It is a year and a half into his presidency and The Donald, like his inane tweets, shows no signs of dissipating, according to insider accounts and exposés on the reign of the mad king.First there was veteran journalist Michael Wolff’s fly-on-the-wall bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Wolff claims he was able to spend months hanging around in the West Wing picking up salacious tidbits and insider gossip from a staff member who was so busy running around doing damage control that nobody remembered to check if he should be there.
Detractors have accused Wolff of exaggerating, but that hasn’t stopped his book maintaining a firm place on the bestseller lists since its publication in January.Sacked press secretary Sean Spicer was next with his memoir The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President, published last month.During his tenure, Spicer was roundly criticised for a book in which he bends over backwards to praise his former boss, going so far as to describe him as “a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow”.
Spicer was even accused of being paid by Trump to write a flattering book, an accusation the former press secretary has vehemently denied.That accusation was made by former aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman in interviews to promote her book Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
Newman’s book, released last week, makes several revelations based on alleged recordings she made while serving on his staff, detailing Trump’s racism, misogyny and disdain for his employees. While they make her former boss look even worse than we already think he is, they’re already being taken with a pinch of salt, thanks to doubts about the author’s levels of access to the president and her all-too-quick “road to Damascus” conversion from staunch supporter to shocked detractor.Finally, it’s hoped seasoned reporter and Washington Post Watergate legend Bob Woodward will provide some much-needed balanced dissection of the US president with his Fear: Trump in the White House, released next month. According to an unnamed former politician interviewed by Politico, the book is “gonna be a killer. Everyone talked to Woodward.”
Whether or not any of these books will significantly change the minds of Trump’s support base – whom the intelligentsia certainly don’t regard as “reading too good” – remains to be seen, but whatever the outcome, they’ll at least provide an immediate, if somewhat uneven, record of a tumultuous presidency.