Fire And Fury: Michael Wolff’s Book Leaked!
This article is a review of the book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolf, an inside look into the Trump White House. Before we get started, we would like to offer you the chance to view a leaked copy of the sold out book. Moments ago, the official Wikileaks twitter account published Michael Wolff’s controversial – and largely sold out – book, “Fire and Fury” in pdf format. You are free to read all 327 pages of this book, but since the media had already reported on everything since Inauguration, our review will be limited to events that occurred prior to Trump’s Inauguration.
We Begin With The Author’s Note:
The author of this book set out to tell this story in as contemporaneous a fashion as possible, to try to see life in the Trump White House through the eyes of the people closest to it. The events described in the reading are based on conversations that took place over a period of eighteen months with the president, with most members of his senior staff—some of whom the author has spoken to—and with many people who they in turn spoke to. The book attempts to shed light on the unique nature of life inside the Trump White House. Ultimately, this book is about a group of people who have struggled, each in their own way, to come to terms with the meaning of working for Donald Trump.
Prologue: Ailes and Bannon
Bannon took the job that Roger Ailes would not! Trump asked Roger Ailes to take over the management of his calamitous campaign. Ailes, knowing Trump’s disinclination to take advice, or even listen to it, turned him down. This was the job Bannon took a week later (early August).
Roger Ailes was Steve Bannon’s mentor, so Bannon simply passed Aile’s agenda over to Trump. This included moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, setting up a muslim ban, destroying DACA, getting rid of Obamacare and everything else that Trump has done in his first year in office. Moreover, Roger Ailes doctored the idea of getting along with Russia so that the United States might have a fighting chance in the middle east. Steve Bannon simply projected that idea to Trump.
China Is Nazi Germany In 1930, They’re Rational Until They’re Not
The book dictates a conversation between Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes. After going on about how Russia is a bad dog, the conversation quickly pivots to China:
“China’s everything. Nothing else matters. We don’t get China right, we don’t
get anything right. This whole thing is very simple. China is where Nazi
Germany was in 1929 to 1930. The Chinese, like the Germans, are the most
rational people in the world, until they’re not. And they’re gonna flip like
Germany in the thirties. You’re going to have a hypernationalist state, and once
that happens you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”
We have heard the same rhetoric from Donald Trump during the campaign. The book paints a picture of Trump as a puppet in the hands of Roger Ailes, Steve Bannon and Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is portrayed as an establishment figure looking to sway Trump towards the Republican establishment and away from Bannon’s far-right conservative politics.
Election Day: Ready To Lose
No one on the Trump team (including Trump) had expected to win. Trump had intended to use the American political system to build himself a new television empire. As a matter of fact, Trump’s longtime friend Roger Ailes liked to say that if you wanted a career in television, first run for president. Now Trump, encouraged by Ailes, was floating rumors about a Trump network. It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities. “This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” Trump told Ailes in a conversation a week before the election.
It Would Only Be A Problem If We Win
Almost everybody on the Trump team came with the kind of messy conflicts bound to bite a president or his staff. Mike Flynn, Trump’s future National Security Advisor had been told by his friends that it had not been a good idea to take $45,000 from the Russians for a speech. “Well, it would only be a problem if we won,” he assured them, knowing that it would therefore not be a problem.
Paul Manafort, the international lobbyist and political operative who Trump retained to run his campaign after Lewandowski was fired—and who agreed not to take a fee, amping up questions of quid pro quo—had spent thirty years representing dictators and corrupt despots, amassing millions of dollars in a money trail that had long caught the eye of U.S. investigators. What’s more,
when he joined the campaign, he was being pursued, his every financial step documented, by the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who claimed he stole $17 million from him in a crooked real estate scam. But it would only be a problem if we win.