Tell-All Author Michael Wolff: Trump Has Less Credibility Than Anybody Who Has Ever Walked On Earth [VIDEO]

The BBC reports:

The author of a controversial book on Donald Trump’s White House says the US president has “less credibility than perhaps anybody who has ever walked on Earth at this point”.

Michael Wolff, who spent months in Mr Trump’s White House while researching the book, was responding to Mr Trump’s claims that it was “full of lies”. Mr Trump’s lawyers had tried to block publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Mr Wolff told NBC’s Today show that Mr Trump’s staff “all say he is like a child”. He added: “What they mean by that is he has the need for instant gratification. It’s all about him… This man does not read, does not listen. He’s like a pinball just shooting off the sides.”

  • Boreal

    Twitler meltdown on tap.

    • djcoastermark

      Once the sedatives wear off.

      • Tatonka

        And he finishes changing his sheets.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Do you think he washes them himself? I mean if he’s trying to cover up the evidence, don’t you think the person loading them into the machine would notice the urine and feces?

          • Hawthy

            Someone who is vain like him probably tells himself that after they are off his bed that they are not his, I bet.

          • KarenAtFOH

            The drool is the worst.

          • Snarkaholic

            He probably throws them away, saying that he accidentally spilled ketchup on them, so the stains will never come out…or something like it.

        • Buford

          10-12 Diet Cokes each day probably make a heckuva mess.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            Saves em up for one big burp.

          • Buford

            I was focused more on the aspartame-induced incontinence, liver damage, and leaky bowels, but sure… one big burp.

    • Treant

      I’m beginning to think he’s having an episode. We may not hear from him for a bit.

      • Gustav2

        After they medivac him to Palm Beach in Air Force One tonight, he will wake up tomorrow morning. Then he will twit to his heart’s content.

      • Tatonka

        I honestly think they took away his phone after the “my button is bigger” tweet. There’s been a noticeable change in his recent tweets. Same nasty tone, but he’s using complete sentences and the spelling has improved.

        • Treant

          Certainly, recent Tweets are not him. At this point, I’m even thinking “effective coup” in the White House. Donny’s not even Presidenting any more, Pence is doing all the work while Donny gets his Thorazine.

          • Bambino

            They are enacting Weekends at Bernie’s in the White House.

        • MichaelJ

          They need to take away the button too.

          • cleos_mom

            Either that or replace it with a dummy button. Maybe with sound effects.

          • Kruhn

            Perhaps get Michael Bay to do SFX explosions to add to the sound effects.

          • MichaelJ

            Brilliant idea!

      • Bambino

        Let’s hope the bit turns into forever. Like he needs to be institutionalize in a padded cell. I place more hope on this than Mueller’s investigation.

      • Smokey

        To paraphrase, “General Kelly, I knew Edith Wilson, and you sir, are no Edith Wilson.”

    • Oscarlating Wildely
      • ChrisMorley

        Angela Merkel still hasn’t stitched together a governing coalition, three months after being deserted by the majority in the general election.

        She really can’t do much at all just now.
        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/angela-merkel-chancellor-far-right-voters

        • Kruhn

          Well, the Free Democrats are channeling Trump with their rejection of Afghan immigrants and the Social Democrats are not too keen to enter into a Grand Coalition as they fear they’ll lose more votes that way.

    • Buford

      Lots in that book is disturbing, but the most troubling to me is the problem of Trump repeating stories, verbatim, 2-3 times in an given 10-20-minute conversation.

      He’s literally insane. He has to be removed.

      • Todd20036

        Trump really isn’t the problem, as much as we blame him

        A complicit GOP is the problem. They’ve outed themselves as being unwilling to govern

        • kareemachan

          Definitely both.

        • Buford

          ‘Trump as president’ is the problem, and the GOP is actively covering up and/or actively facilitating the problem.

          • Gerry Fisher

            There is truly a convergence of problems, for sure. The thing that stands out for me is this crippled a Man Baby could not have made it this far without TONS of enabling. It’s the enablers that are drawing my wrath.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Even Tommy Flanagan and his wife (Morgan Fairchild), seem like paragons of truth compared to the current president.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      LOL, I posted the same before reading yours. Great minds!

    • Tawreos

      Yeah, that’s the ticket

  • JT

    Being described as a lie by Drumpf is confirmation of truth.

  • Gustav2

    As everyone on MSNBC was saying last night, no one from the White House is disputing the individual comments made to Wolff.

    • Tawreos

      They will dispute it all day to Trump, but won’t say the same in public to avoid having the tapes released.

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    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Sarah seriously noted something about him getting someone’s age off (probably because people might lie about their birthdays, not that Trump would ever lie or anything). That and that Trump may have not known Bannon for as little time as he wrote (because I often check the calendar to make sure I know when I met someone on the train— or at the scoping out Carson Jones’s party).

      • Acronym Jim

        It was probably Miller. There’s an excerpt describing him as a fifty-year-old in a 32 year old body. I suspect reading comprehension is not Sarah’s strong suit.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Look…..

      • olandp

        I have lied about my age all of my adult life, and I will tell you I lie about it if you are too stupid to realize that I’m really not 21, but that is all I would ever admit to. Two years ago I did start to claim to be 23, because 21 just wasn’t believable any longer. (Not that 23 is either at this point.)

        • Todd20036

          *shrug*. My photo is from 2017 pride though it’s upside down

          This April I turn 50

          Age is just a number

          • Kruhn

            You sir, are one handsome guy, 49 right side up or upside down.

          • Steverino

            You are just a baby. My photo is from when I took my master’s degree a couple of months before I turned 49. That was in May, 2004…

        • cleos_mom

          I don’t lie about my age, but one of my favorite quotes is Auntie Mame’s (movie version) reference to “somewhere between 40 and death.”

          When you think about it, once you’re past mid-40s it would make more sense to ‘lie upward’ about your age. I’m in my late 60s and if I told people I was, say 85, they’d think I looked pretty good. On the other hand, if I claimed to be 45 — not so much.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            When asked her age, my mom always replied, “How old do you think I am?”
            And regardless of the response, her next reply was always, “How did you guess?”

        • Snarkaholic

          Try this response: “If you’ll forgive me for not answering that question, I’ll forgive you for asking it.”

        • Dr. T

          If I’m on a date and I discover that the person has lied about his age (which gay men do with disturbing frequency), it’s over. If a person will lie about something so basic, what won’t they lie about?

        • RevDan

          I always have a problem with my age, but don’t lie about it. Last year, when I was in a contest, (Bare Chest Calendar – SF), when the MC asked my age, I said “It’s a sexual position.” He didn’t get it at first: 69. Photo is hen I was 68. .

          BTW: I’ve been HIV+ for 40 years.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f53b552db9f53a651f0f05df27087320ebe93b3da068d7a359c4f72047275a06.jpg

        • Patricia Garvin Fox

          Once upon a time in Texas voters were allowed to use “over 21” instead of providing their real age. This made lying about your real age easier.
          It was a bummer sometimes, though. My Mother was a frequent election judge and once was assigned to the precinct where our mutual Latin teacher lived. My Mom was 35 when I was born, so she had graduated 31 years before my freshman Latin class. Miss Brown had not not taught her but also her three years older brother. Mom said she was NOT young when they had her.

          And it was very clearly “Miss Brown” and God help you if you ever called her “Mrs.” !! She ‘d taught long enough that she was grandfathered out of the mandatory retirement age. So Mama was gleeful when she knew she’d see the woman’s voter registration. Naturally, it said over 21.

          It was rumored that she taught Latin because she was a native speaker.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Trump’s mail-in ballot for the NYC election was invalid because he got his own birthday wrong. Can’t make this stuff up.

    • kaydenpat

      Because those comments and everything else are true.

  • Oneofthebobs

    How does a guy like Trump find out what is in a book?

    • Tawreos

      Fox and Friends tells him what is in it

    • DaddyRay

      When he is totally not watching CNN again

    • Todd20036

      SOmeone reads the inside flap to him

    • KarenAtFOH

      When Hope cuddles him at night and whispers it into his ear.

  • Tawreos

    Too bad his base will believe Trump when he says that it is all lies and will willfully ignore any and all evidence presented to the contrary.

    • Todd20036

      True. But his base is down to 33%

  • Todd20036

    And this is why the only recourse Trump has against the book, libel, is dead in the water.

    The truth isn’t libel.

    • caphillprof

      I think it has reached the point where Donald J Trump CANNOT be defamed or libeled. What reputation? What standing in the community? How more can he possibly be damaged?

  • Boreal

    and water is wet and snow is cold……………………………

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]
  • shellback

    Meanwhile, on FOX:
    “Great January Meal Ideas For Under $3”

    • Tawreos

      Smart move, getting their viewers ready for when Trumps tax bill fucks them in the ass.

      • shellback

        I was under the impression that there was nothing good about the tax bill.

        • Todd20036

          LOL

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          T’is an ill wind . . .

    • DaddyRay

      Save money with Sloppy Seconds

      • TuuxKabin

        Thrifty Thirds. Not much left over.

    • Bambino

      Sponsored by Jim Baker slob bucket or Alex Jones info war sludge?

    • kaydenpat

      If they stuck to that type of “news”, they wouldn’t have all that time to push nonsense like Pizzagate.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    “So Donnie, what was that about my legacy again?”

    https://i.imgur.com/i8SpBem.gif

  • Tom Furgas

    This book isn’t selling like hotcakes because it’s full of bullshit. It’s because it’s laying out the truth, and people want to know the truth.

    • Tawreos

      If people were going to buy bullshit Trump’s approval ratings would be double what they are now.

      • Todd20036

        Actually a lot of people DID buy into trumps bullshit

        Manufacturing jobs, coal jobs, better health care, more global respect

        They’re figuring out they were taken for a ride. Which is why trump is polling 15 points lower than when he was elected

        Only the Nazis still love him

  • DaddyRay

    I wonder how that “White House Staffers keep Trump from seeing bad news” thing is going today

    • Tom Furgas

      They’re tearing their hair out, and it’s a beautiful thing.

      • DaddyRay

        Well they were up late at the bookstore trying to get their own copy to see what their coworkers and boss have been saying about them

      • Reality.Bites

        No, they’re tearing part of it out, then having a scalp reduction, then swirling the outside all around.

        • AmeriCanadian

          It’s the President’s Hair Club For Men. They’re not just members…

          • TuuxKabin

            Fake members.

          • Todd20036

            Tiny members

          • Treant

            …they also sold out their nation to own the company!

    • Bambino

      They walk around using their phones flash bulbs. Every so often they blind the dotard and keep his vision impair through out the day.

      • Snarkaholic

        I’m sure they’ll be serving copious amounts of junk food…in the DINING ROOM, where there’s probably no TV.

    • Hunter M

      Probably pulled the plug and then told him that the snow storm knocked Fox off the air.

    • Snarkaholic

      They probably collected a bunch of Google Images of Korean Kim, in which he looks more ridiculous than usual, and they’re going to show them to Chump all day long, while they all laugh about how dumb he looks/how “handsome” Chump is by comparison.

  • Bambino

    Oh the Keurig machine destroyers are at it again. LOL!!!
    https://twitter.com/RedTRaccoon/status/949064363633192961

    • AmeriCanadian

      Can they possibly be any dumber?

      • Treant

        Yes. There are places where odd old people–which I am rapidly becoming–and LBGT folks, which I am, are killed as witches. You have to be injected with dumbassery to do that kind of shit.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Please, you know they can’t read the damned title. If it doesn’t have boobs and a hoochie on the cover it may as well be ancient Greek. They’ll never spot it.

    • Treant

      “Burn all you want, we’ll print more. Would you like the wholesale rate on that? You only have to buy 200 copies to get it!”

      Book burning, post-Gutenberg, doesn’t make a fantastic amount of sense. Post computer typesetting, it makes even less. 🙂

      • Bambino

        Wish the book alone will be listed in the stock market. I could make a few quick bucks out of these idiots.

      • Snownova

        Soon enough there will be an e-book version (if there isn’t already) and then it will be impossible to eradicate.

        • Uncle Mark

          The Kindle version just went on sale 14 min ago

          • Snownova

            I’ll be damned, it’s on iTunes as well, even available in the Netherlands!

          • cleos_mom

            “Fire And Fury — the musical!”

          • Slippy_World
          • Uncle Mark

            Thanks for letting me know about iTunes. All the brick ‘n mortar stores seem to be sold out already. I was about to buy the eBook on Amazon, until I saw your comment. (I received a number of gift cards for iTunes, so this is perfect.)

          • Steverino

            The copy I ordered yesterday was delivered to the Kindle app on my iPad first thing this morning. It will be nice reading alongside my copy of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.”

        • Butch

          There already is; if you follow the link I posted you can find places to buy it.
          https://www.bustle.com/p/where-to-buy-fire-fury-the-trump-tell-all-book-everyones-talking-about-7794328

        • agcons

          Watch the idiots buy electronic readers, download the book, then smash the whole works.

      • Todd20036

        Just like the idiot who protested star bucks by buying s coffee then pouring it in the gutter

        • Treant

          “No, seriously, buy 200 cups and we’ll give you the discount rate and dump it down the storm drain for you!”

      • cleos_mom

        Unless they’re rare books — many of which were casualties of the Third Reich’s bonfires — book burning is a matter of making a statement. Not, of course, always the statement the burner intends.

        • Treant

          Yep, the modern statement is, “Dumbass.” 🙂

    • Tawreos

      I can’t see the tweet, but I am guessing they are planning to destroy copies of the book.

      • Christopher

        After purchasing them!

        That’ll show’em!

      • Bambino

        Here is the content
        “Reading Trump supporters claiming they are buying “Fire and Fury” in order to burn them is hilarious.

        Go ahead and do that.

        Helping the sales will definitely prove your point.”

        • Tawreos

          It never occurs to them to find evidence that proves the there are many lies in the book. All they know how to do is destroy.

          • Bambino

            That would require reading.

          • David L. Caster

            That and repeat lies they are told.

    • KCMC

      Literally Fire and Fury.

    • Tawreos

      I had to laugh the other day. The Wal-mart near me has a sale on Keurig machines and the pained expression on the face of a guy in MAGA hat as he put one in his cart made my day.

      • Snownova

        You should have gasped audibly, made the sign of the cross and asked him “what would Sean say about that?” Just to make him feel worse.

        • Uncle Mark

          I would have muttered something just audibly about ‘some traitorous people have no right to wear the MAGA hat.’

      • FAEN

        I wish you had taken a picture.

      • kaydenpat

        Lol. You should have told him that he should have bought 20 to show just how angry he was as he burned them in “protest”. What an idiot.

      • Rambie

        LOL.. wait, you were at a Walmart?! You poor thing. (BTW, they’ve taken the dash out of their name now)

        • Tawreos

          It is a hold over from when I worked there many years ago.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen someone in person wearing a MAGA hat. I’m guessing that living in Portlandia has something to do with it.

    • TuuxKabin

      That’s their Kindling.

    • kareemachan

      Two things:

      1. trumpettes reading a book? They can barely make it through a comment.
      2. For instant experts on the economy, they sure don’t get it, do they?

      lulz

    • DoctorDJ

      “Reading Trump supporters….”?

      Both of ’em?

      • kaydenpat

        No such entity exists.

    • JAKvirginia

      Hmmm…. burning books. How Nazi of them!

    • kaydenpat

      Are they really this dumb? Scary.

  • AJ Drew

    “Patience, indeed. Not over yet, but, yes, this moment is nice.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/770fbd68ba51859a588ca64703ad409ce295c323e1ddae630bd90b1e9a2eda75.jpg

  • Bluto
    • TuuxKabin

      More bounce to the ounce.

    • Tawreos

      $10 says this makes more sense than most of the stuff that will come out of the White House/Trump supporters today.

      • olandp

        That is a sure thing, as that is what happens on a “normal” day anyway.

  • Acronym Jim

    *ring ring*

    “Hell-o?”

    “LUCE?”

    “Shit!”

    “LUUUUUCE….”

    “I know, I know, but…”

    “JUST WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON DOWN THERE?”

    “I’m sorry, but I just can’t keep up….”

    “THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR JOB.”

    “What do you want from me? The guy never even fucking sleeps and you won’t let ME get a twitter account.”

    “ENOUGH EXCUSES. DO YOUR JOB OR YOU’LL BE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.”

    “But what about my fellow fallen? What will they do?”

    “I HEAR THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPENINGS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.”

    “Fuck. Okay, I’ll do what I ca..*click*…bye.”

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Ah, the wonder of the printed word. It may be his downfall yet.

    http://www.copypages.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/pabd.jpg

  • Uncle Mark

    2018 is off to a great start !! By mid-year the trials will begin, and by November the Democrats will take the Senate (and maybe the House…given the number of Republican retirements). Who knows what other surprising delights await Americans, who love their country and hate the greedy despots, who’ve usurped the gov’t

  • Butch

    Maybe perhaps slightly OT, but I have a real aversion to making Jeff Bezos any richer. Is there any place to buy this book other than Amazon? (Given that there are no nearby bookstores at my location.)
    Edited to add: Barnes & Noble is sold out of hard copy; https://www.bustle.com/p/where-to-buy-fire-fury-the-trump-tell-all-book-everyones-talking-about-7794328

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      How about Barnes & Noble?

      • Butch

        Barnes & Noble on line? I didn’t think of that.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Note: B & N on Union Square in NYC has an amazing selection and some prominent authors who either arrange events or just stop in for a chat. Sure, I love The Strand and always will but damn! four floors of B & N goodness.

    • Tawreos

      You may be able to order it from a bookstores website

    • Acronym Jim

      Powell’s Bookstore sells online.

    • TuuxKabin

      Public Library here. If at all, ’cause I have a feeling everyone here will be quoting favorite parts.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        He needs to get there fast as I’m sure there will be a lot of holds on it. I literally waited months to get the book “Hillbilly Elegy” due to so many people wanting to check it out.

        • TuuxKabin

          I know, and like I said, so many comments will be posted here it’ll be sufficient for me once, if ever, I get a copy. Bringing another book into this space is always a consideration, no matter subject matter. I’m old. I can wait.

    • kanehau

      iTunes has it.

      • Butch

        Don’t have any electronic format for reading the book. Thanks, though!

    • Hunter M

      it’s already available on a common pirate site.

  • DesertSun59

    45’s Tweets prove the fact that the man is impulsive and dangerous. He’s clearly a sociopath who has come to power due to the abject stupidity of Republicans who have coddled him.

    45 is a sociopath due to these things alone (despite the fact that there are thousands of other reasons): removed health care access from millions, endangered our nation and the entire world by pulling out of the Paris Agreement; and his latest: a giant middle finger to everyone who lives on any coast in the US, by allowing anyone to drill for oil with impunity.

    • Galvestonian

      NO ! You are underestimating the Republican Party. They are totally evil and black souled. Not stupid. Trump getting elected was a deliberate effort by the Republican Party to rape the country. It was a no morals, crooked, lying, stealing, cheating and totally debauch of an election. They don’t give a good gawd damn what happens to the country. TAX CUTS are the be all and get all for them and f**k everyone and anyone that objects.

  • jeffg166

    Trump = Incompetence

    • AmeriCanadian

      Trump → Incompetence

      • JAKvirginia

        And possibly incontinence.

  • AmeriCanadian

    For a brief moment, Amazon’s web site would not load into my browser. But alas, it’s back. I’m wondering if they are getting hit hard with customers or DOS attacks.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Bezos IT vs trump IT: not sure there’s much of a contest there.

    • The_Wretched

      Code deploy. The have effectively infinite web capacity. They are a top tier web hosting provider and cloud too.

      Or an ISP is shaking them down. No more net neutrality means they can be throttled until they pay up.

      • AmeriCanadian

        I thought of the throttling but I’m home at the moment and net neutrality is still alive and well in Canada.

  • BeaverTales

    How did Wolff get access? The BBC article doesn’t say.

    • The_Wretched

      He did pro-Trump puff pieces until Trump invited him in. Then he just kept showing up. The WH was so chaotic that they didn’t require him to get preclearence for every interview.

    • Butch

      There are lots of links to a Hollywood Reporter (I think that’s the name) piece by Wolff yesterday where Wollf explained it. He approached Trump; Trump at first thought he was asking for a job and when Wolff explained he was writing a book Trump lost interest. He basically gained access by default because no one ever actually told him no.

  • Frommer_Gast

    Doesn´t S. Bannon deserve a little “Thankyou” from our side?
    I think we should marry him.

    • TuuxKabin

      Bury him.

    • Bambino

      Do you taste like alcohol?

      • Daveed_WOW

        I’m full of vintage spirits.

    • Uncle Mark

      Marriage is completely out of the question, since this Nazi helped empower the Dotard to start with. I’m thinking more of a ‘Queer Eye for the Sloppy Steve’ makeover as being more than generous on our part.

      However, since Bannon’s quotes are probably more the product of his own ego run amok, and that everything he’s done is based solely upon his nihilism, self-interest, and own dick-sucking, I suggest we indulge this fetid flesh balloon in his own self-destructive behavior…giving him all the nose candy & alcohol he can inhale, until he pops…but only after Mueller’s had a warm chat with him.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      The enemy of our enemy is still an enemy of ours.

      F him with a 4×4

    • Hunter M

      Bannon deserves to be bankrupted and put in jail for what he’s done. He’s just as responsible as Trump. Just because he finally told someone the truth doesn’t mean squat. It means he’s been hiding the truth all this time. No forgiveness. No “Thankyou”. He’s as big a traitor as Trump. Deserves jail or worse.

  • Snownova

    Is SNL back on yet? Because if there is an episode tomorrow it’s going to be a bloodbath.

  • Bambino

    Is there a chimney at the White House? Cause I’m hoping to see orange smoke to signal the end of dotard’s reign.

    • Smokey

      Quite a few actually. 28 according to the web site

  • AdamTh

    I agree with the author, Donnie has absolutely no credibility – but then, we already knew that.

    As for buying the book, not sure I’m ready to spend ~$20 to have more evidence of something everyone already knows – that the Donnie Admin is nothing more than a rolling cluster-fuck.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I think the entire book will end up as excerpts throughout today. No purchase necessary.

      • Bambino

        They will be quoted like “Not in front of my salad” through out the year on social media.

    • DaddyRay

      I was considering buying the book for some of my Republican relatives

      • AdamTh

        LOL! I might consider doing that!

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Are we talking birthday or Christmas presents?

        • Uncle Mark

          President’s Day !!

          • Bj Lincoln

            I like that idea. It’s next month so we have time to get a copy.

          • Xaca

            Isn’t it more appropriate to refer to the Dotard as Resident Trump, since he was not legitimately elected?

          • JAKvirginia

            So it’s pResident tRump now? O.K.

          • Uncle Mark

            I was embracing the delicious irony of giving Trumpsters such a damning book about their chosen leader on President’s Day. Fortunately, until now, there has been no need for a “Resident’s Day” as a national holiday

      • Bambino

        Nah. Let them buy it so they can burn it. Otherwise it will be a waste of your money.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Wrapped in a bow with a card reading Happy Impeachment Day.

      • Uncle Mark

        My few remaining Republican relatives would trash it outright. I will proudly have it displayed on the coffee table…right next to the Keurig

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Governor Voldemort & Senator Rubio are not happy about Trump opening up coastlines to drilling. Or how to make friends with your fellow GOPers according to Dump.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/04/trump-drilling-coasts-pacific-atlantic-florida-324025

    • KarenAtFOH

      Karma. It’s a, you know…

      • JAKvirginia

        And quickly turning into the star of the show!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Every single GOP politician needs to be asked about the book repeatedly. “Gee, how much of this is true? If you know it’s true, why the hell don’t you 25 him already? Why are you running away from us?”

  • Reality.Bites

    And the book is now up on torrent sites such as the pirate bay.

  • T David Walker

    I’ll take Wolff’s analysis with a huge grain of salt. He has his own problems with reliability — as much as I want what he is saying to be true. It may take sensationalism to beat sensationalism, though!

  • FAEN

    This is a surprise to no one with a brain.

  • Reality.Bites

    “Some of my sources spoke to me on so-called deep background, a convention of contemporary political books that allows for a disembodied description of events provided by an unnamed witness to them. I have also relied on off-the-record interviews, allowing a source to provide a direct quote with the understanding that it was not for attribution. Other sources spoke to me with the understanding that the material in the interviews would not become public until the book came out. Finally, some sources spoke forthrightly on the record.”

    “At the same time, it is worth noting some of the journalistic conundrums that I faced when dealing with the Trump administration, many of them the result of the White House’s absence of official procedures and the lack of experience of its principals. These challenges have included dealing with off-the-record or deep-background material that was later casually put on the record; sources who provided accounts in confidence and subsequently shared them widely, as though liberated by their first utterances; a frequent inattention to setting any parameters on the use of a conversation; a source’s views being so well known and widely shared that it would be risible not to credit them; and the almost samizdat sharing, or gobsmacked retelling, of otherwise private and deep-background conversations. And everywhere in this story is the president’s own constant, tireless, and uncontrolled voice, public and private, shared by others on a daily basis, sometimes virtually as he utters it.

    For whatever reason, almost everyone I contacted—senior members of the White House staff as well as dedicated observers of it—shared large amounts of time with me and went to great effort to help shed light on the unique[…]”

    Excerpt From: Michael Wolff. “Fire and Fury.” iBooks.

  • Reality.Bites

    “As much as it might have surprised him—for many years, he had humored Trump more than embraced him—Kushner was in fact rather like his father-in-law. Jared’s father, Charlie, bore an eerie resemblance to Donald’s father, Fred. Both men dominated their children, and they did this so completely that their children, despite their demands, became devoted to them. In both instances, this was extreme stuff: belligerent, uncompromising, ruthless men creating long-suffering offspring who were driven to achieve their father’s approval. (Trump’s older brother, Freddy, failing in this effort, and, by many reports, gay, drank himself to death; he died in 1981 at age forty-three.) In business meetings, observers would be nonplussed that Charlie and Jared Kushner invariably greeted each other with a kiss and that the adult Jared called his father Daddy.”

    Excerpt From: Michael Wolff. “Fire and Fury.” iBooks.

  • Reality.Bites

    “Jared’s focus was often on older men. Rupert Murdoch spent a surprising amount of time with Jared, who sought advice from the older media mogul about the media business—which the young man was determined to break into. Kushner paid long court to Ronald Perelman, the billionaire financier and takeover artist, who later would host Jared and Ivanka in his private shul on Jewish high holy days. And, of course, Kushner wooed Trump himself, who became a fan of the young man and was uncharacteristically tolerant about his daughter’s conversion to Orthodox Judaism when that became a necessary next step toward marriage. Likewise, Trump as a young man had carefully cultivated a set of older mentors, including Roy Cohn, the flamboyant lawyer and fixer who had served as right-hand man to the red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy.”

    Excerpt From: Michael Wolff. “Fire and Fury.” iBooks.

    • Gustav2

      “Jared’s focus was often on older men.”

      Oh dear, you made another_steve cry.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        I’m afraid this will only serve to steel Another_Steves resolve.

        • Gustav2

          After all, Maryland is not that far from Kalorama

      • Reality.Bites

        I’ve never worked in publishing, but I know a money quote when I see one.

      • edrex

        au contraire, mon ami. you whetted his fantasies.

      • Michael McReavy

        Tears of joy!

  • Natty Enquirer

    “The media should not be the story.”
    I like this Wolff guy.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      He’s growing on me

  • Slippy_World
  • Reality.Bites

    “But once in the White House, the president’s daughter and son-in-law became the target of a renewed and eager cultivation by, with quite some irony, both (Tony) Blair and Murdoch. Lacking a circle of influence in almost all of the many areas of government with which he was now involved, Kushner was both susceptible to cultivation and more than a little desperate for the advice his cultivators had to offer. Blair, now with philanthropic, private diplomatic, and varied business interests in the Middle East, was particularly intent on helping shepherd some of Jared’s Middle East initiatives.

    In February, Blair visited Kushner in the White House.

    On this trip, the now freelance diplomat, perhaps seeking to prove his usefulness to this new White House, mentioned a juicy rumor: the possibility that the British had had the Trump campaign staff under surveillance, monitoring its telephone calls and other communications and possibly even Trump himself. This was, as Kushner might understand, the Sabbath goy theory of intelligence. “On the Sabbath, observant Jews could not turn on the lights, nor ask someone else to turn on the lights. But if they expressed the view that it would be much easier to see with light, and if a non-Jew then happened to turn them on, that would be fine. So although the Obama administration would not have asked the British to spy on the Trump campaign, the Brits would have been led to understand how helpful it might be if they did.

    It was unclear whether the information was rumor, informed conjecture, speculation, or solid stuff. But, as it churned and festered in the president’s mind, Kushner and Bannon went out to CIA headquarters in Langley to meet with Mike Pompeo and his deputy director Gina Haspel to check it out. A few days later, the CIA opaquely reported back that the information was not correct; it was a “miscommunication.”

    Excerpt From: Michael Wolff. “Fire and Fury.” iBooks.

  • Slippy_World

    This from Twitter:
    Danny Zuker

    Verified account
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    [email protected] I got you an early birthday present! Have someone read it to you! (Don’t worry I sent it to your primary address.)

  • boobert

    Wouldn’t it serve spawns of the moron right if he died the same as cohn? Penniless, hated and ruined !

  • Gerry Fisher

    Note to the mainstream media: So why have you been keeping up this bullshit pretense that this is a normal administration or that their pronouncements should be treated normally or that “he’ll grow into the role” or “this is the day the he truly became president”? The man is broken. Stop hiding that fact in your reporting. It took a gossipy writer to expose what you’ve been hiding–or severely minimizing–for a few years now.

    • Jerry Kott

      Because T45’s madness is a revenue stream . The MSM is swimming in gravy watching us squirm everyday reinforcing the hopelessness that strengthens revenue. Pure and simple , his crazy is money in the Bank.

      • JAKvirginia

        The TMZ School of Journalism.

    • cleos_mom

      For some reason, the soon-to-be-denied MM quote I remember was on Inauguration Day last year, when some off-camera toady burbled that Ivanka was going to be the hot new fashion icon. Really loved that drum majorette outfit.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Simple answer: Ratings and $$$

    • Snarky

      24-hour news networks can find anyone to say anything. That doesn’t make it journalism. Read what the NYT and WaPo have been writing about Trump, they’re not normalizing him. Both institutions know something is wrong at the White House, and they’re reporting on it vigorously.

      CNN President Jeff Zucker said the Trump campaign was great for ratings – everyone wanted to watch the train wreck. They completely normalized and enabled Trump. That shows you where TV is as compared to newspapers.

  • Rex

    Trump is a proven liar, so why would I doubt Mr. Wolff’s words?

  • M Jackson

    My eCopy appeared on my Kindle an hour ago.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Husbotter is picking up his pre-ordered copy after work today…which means I won’t see him until tomorrow night at the earliest or Sunday….Still, from what I’ve read of the excerpts, he’s going to be quite bouncy when he’s done, yay me!

    • JAKvirginia

      Ooops. Thought you wrote “…he’s going to be quite Beyonce…”

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        NOT IN THIS HOUSE! Sorry, but neither of us are, how shall I put this, fans. Sigh…I know, it diminishes our gay cred a point or two. LOL

  • JWC

    why has this gone on so long He shout have been outed months ago Maybe they are waiting for the results of the doctors report to finally act

  • greenmanTN

    I suppose it’s unseemly to stand around rubbing your hands together and cackling like the villain in a Penelope Pitstop cartoon, but I am really really enjoying this!

    • David Walker

      In this weather, it is a necessity to rub one’s hands together; the cackling is a result of a chill resting upon the larynx.

  • ted-

    …And we elected this moron into the most powerful position in the world. I’m ashamed to be an American often times these days.

    The GOP should never take an office ever again.

  • Kissmagrits

    Judging by many in Trump’s White Nationalist support base, a more suitable title for Michael Wolff’s book would be “Sturm und Drang”……

  • Texndoc

    His ghost writer for “Art of the Deal” said he was a sociopath during the campaign. I have no doubts if the economic news is good in 2020 that he’ll be re-elected.

  • JCF

    Just curious: is Wolff Family?