Michael Wolff’s expose of the Trump administration includes many explosive revelations, including Steve Bannon’s description of the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as treasonous and unpatriotic.
Everything about this book speaks to the incompetency of the Trump administration, in the first place why would Trump and his aides grant a reporter with a reputation for doing hatchet jobs on the rich and famous unfettered access to the White House? That’s like hiring a convicted embezzler as a loan office at a bank, or a convicted pedophile as a kindergarten teacher.
Trump’s reaction to the book couldn’t have been more unpresidential and incompetent, the president’s lawyer sent a letter to the author and publisher demanding that they “cease and desist” from publishing the expose. Thereby ensuring that “Fire and Fury” will become the best-selling book of the year, who won’t want to read a book that the president wants to ban?
Trump’s legal action also exposes him as a thin-skinned narcissist, and as an autocrat who will go to extreme means to stifle dissent and criticism.
There are hundreds of essays being written dissecting the most explosive quotations from “Fire and Fury”, I want to highlight this nugget concerning Trump’s penchant for mispronouncing words.
Trump was prone to pronouncing China leader’s name Xi Jinping as “X-I”, the correct pronunciation is “shee.” Wolff reports that to avoid an embarrassing gaffe Trump’s aides advised him to think of the Chinese leader as a female and call him “she.” That could have easily backfired, the demented Trump could have thought that the Chinese dictator was really a woman, and he could have treated him like he treats most women, an groped his butt.
In hindsight we should all be relieved that Trump didn’t call Jinping “Mr. Pingpong” or “President Chink.”
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