Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis


Tell-all book on Trump White House intensifies US political crisis

Barry Grey

6 January 2018

The release Friday of the damning book on Donald Trump and his inner circle, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has brought the political crisis in Washington to a new pitch of intensity. The devastating picture by journalist Michael Wolff, based largely on interviews with Trump’s former top aide Stephen Bannon, of chaos, incompetence and ignorance, centered in the figure of the president himself, has escalated the fracturing of the US political establishment.

The publisher, Henry Holt & Co., moved up the date of release to Friday after Trump’s attorneys sent cease-and-desist letters to Holt, Wolff and Bannon in an attempt to block the book’s release, following the publication of excerpts in the press beginning on Wednesday. Bookstores sold out within minutes of opening, and the book immediately reached the top of national best-seller lists.

The book quotes Bannon and cites other top White House officials who describe Trump as infantile, erratic, barely literate, an “idiot” and a “moron.” In a particularly revealing passage, Wolff writes: “He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-literate.”

The book has received nonstop media coverage and provided new ammunition for those factions within the ruling class and the state that are pushing for Trump’s removal from office, either by forcing him to resign, invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for the removal of a president who can no longer serve, or by means of impeachment.

There are two main prongs to this offensive: the claim that Trump…

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