The Washington Post reports:
Elton John blares so loudly on Donald Trump’s campaign plane that staffers can’t hear themselves think. Press secretary Hope Hicks uses a steamer to press Trump’s pants — while he is still wearing them. Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to expletive-filled tirades in which they get their “face ripped off.”
And Trump’s appetite seems to know no bounds when it comes to McDonald’s, with a dinner order consisting of “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.”
The scenes are among the most surreal passages in a forthcoming book chronicling Trump’s path to the presidency co-written by Corey Lewandowski, who was fired as Trump’s campaign manager, and David Bossie, another top aide. The book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” paints a portrait of a campaign with an untested candidate and staff rocketing from crisis to crisis, in which Lewandowski and a cast of mostly neophyte political aides learn on the fly and ultimately accept Trump’s propensity to go angrily off message.
The New York Daily News reports:
Candidate Trump allegedly flew into a rage on a helicopter, ordering the pilot to drop to lower altitude so he could call Manafort and give him a tongue lashing. “Did you say I shouldn’t be on TV on Sunday? I’ll go on TV anytime I goddamn fucking want and you won’t say another fucking word about me!” Trump hollered, according to Lewandowski.
The novelty of working on “Making America Great Again” wore off for some beleaguered underlings. “Sooner or later, everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place,” the writers explain.
Also chronicled are the moments after press secretary Hope Hicks got the Oct. 7, 2016 call from a reporter asking about the infamous “Access Hollywood” interview. Trump read a transcript of the “grab them by the pussy” clip and said, “That doesn’t sound like something I would say,” the book claims, and the campaign hastily decided to brand the banter “locker room talk.”
It isn’t just fast food. It seems Trump loves all kinds of snacks and the campaign plane’s cupboards were filled with “Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels, and many packages of Oreos.” Trump’s well-known germophobia means he won’t eat from a cookie packet that has already been opened.
After the Access Hollywood tape came out, Reince Priebus, the Republican chairman, warned that “people are dropping like flies.”
Priebus allegedly told Trump that there were only two possible outcomes: “lose the biggest electoral landslide in American history” or drop out. “First of all,” Trump allegedly said. “I’m going to win. And second, if the Republican Party is going to run away from me, then I will take you all down with me. But I’m not going to lose.”