Following yesterday’s explosive revelations from Steve Bannon’s interviews excerpted in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” there’s more juicy tidbits straight from the horse’s mouth.
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The book’s author, journalist Michael Wolff has penned a first person account of his “insane” year in Trump’s White House for the Hollywood Reporter.
CNBC’s John Harwood tweeted out maybe the biggest reveal from the interview.
Wolff on Trump’s aides: “my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.” https://t.co/PNCuMmyFYt
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 4, 2018
Wolff recounts in minute detail his observations after a year spent incredulous at the goings on inside the Trump White House.
Even the way he got the unfettered access to the inner workings of the administration is bananas: he asked Trump himself if he could come to the White House for a “fly-on-the-wall” style info gathering for “later publication,” and Trump – not fully understanding the request – said “knock yourself out.”
So Wolff got a front row seat to the nuclear meltdown that kicked off on January 20, 2017 inside the White House.
Here’s what he witnessed:
Sean Spicer’s mantra became “you can’t make this shit up,” since he uttered it – audibly – before and after his circus-style daily press briefings.
Former Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus initially hoped to make it one full year inside the White House before scaling that estimate back to six months almost immediately after starting the job.
Kellyanne Conway’s signature move was a finger gun to her head.
President Trump would barricade himself inside his bedroom to hide from the Secret Service.
A campaign staffer, widely considered to know Trump better than anyone described the President, in his expert opinion, as “just a fucking fool.”
Trump watched and essentially giggled as screaming fights took place between his staffers in the Oval Office (when he wasn’t screaming himself).
Almost every member of his staff described Trump, often, as “essentially a child.”
Like your grandmother, Trump annoyed and the worried everyone with the increasing rapidity of his repetitions.
Where your Grandma has a rehearsed script of things she heard on daytime talk shows and semi-racist views she formulated in the aftermath of World War II that lasts at least 40 minutes before repeating, Trump’s has dwindled down to about 10 minutes worth of nonsensical soundbites.
The staff referred to Hope Hicks as “the Real Daughter” and Ivanka as “the Real Wife.”
With a full face of make up, Trump apparently failed to even recognize the faces of old friends at a holiday party at Mar-a-Lago, indicating his brain really may have turned to mush.
And that’s all allegedly from a primary source witnessing it first hand as it happened. That’s how bad things are in there: worse than you ever could have imagined. The question is who’s going to stop this runaway train before Trump drives us all off a cliff?