Donald Trump’s legal efforts to stop Michael Wolff’s blockbuster book about him, “Fire and Fury,” has done little more than help increase sales of the politically-devastating tome about the president’s first year inside a dysfunctional, chaotic White House.
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So it is no surprise that Trump’s Republican allies, desperate to turn the tide against the author, as Wolff makes the rounds of talk shows, have begun their own media campaign with a faux poster of the book, with “quotes” designed to blacken the author’s reputation.
the RNC is emailing out their own cover of the Wolff book to try to discredit it pic.twitter.com/WB4FeEftnj
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) January 5, 2018
The poster was sent out by the Republican National Committee beginning was appears to be part of a media campaign to discredit the author.
Some of Trump’s most reliably ridiculous apologists have already gone on cable news to convey their message.
Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie and Fox News Geraldo Rivera both appeared on Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite show because it fawns over him, to call the book “outrageous,” according to Fox News.
Bossie called the book’s claim that Melania Trump did not want her husband to win the election and that she was shocked when the results came in “outrageous” and said that never happened.
“Melania was ecstatic,” he said.
Rivera, who went on Fox News from Puerto Rico to say what a great job Trump had done there despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, said he was “infuriated” that the book questioned Trump’s mental health, calling the revelations “slander.”
Riveria said he talked to Trump when he was given a ride back from Puerto Rico on Air Force One, and “This man is lucid and as intelligent and as intellectually in charge of himself as he has ever been.”
Meanwhile, Trump tweets away about the book, but his threat to file a lawsuit and seek an injunction to stop publication turns out to be just “fake news,” like a lot of what the Republican surrogates are peddling.
I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
Wolff himself is enjoying the moment and watching sales of his book soar.
“Where do I send the box of chocolates?” he mused to The Hollywood Reporter. “Not only is he helping me sell books, but he’s proving the point of the book.”
You can count on more of the Republican bull slingers carrying the water for Trump in days to come but the book is out, the message is clear, and for a president who worries about his image, it is not “fake news” that this is an unmitigated disaster.
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) January 5, 2018