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‘Fire and Fury’: This Is Not a Book About Donald Trump

What’s going on?

After being threatened with a lawsuit by President Donald Trump and his lawyers, author Michael Wolff has a bestseller on his hands. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” purportedly covers the administration’s first nine months, including some choice quotes from former White House adviser Steve Bannon. Trump and his family have publicly clashed with Bannon over the book.

What did Bannon say?

Trump’s former chief strategist hasn’t denied the quotes attributed to him in the book, but he has partially apologized after the report that he called Donald Trump, Jr. “treasonous” for his meeting with a group of Russians. Bannon now says that he was talking about Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and not Donald Trump, Jr.

“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,” Bannon said in a statement.

Glenn’s take:

Glenn thought Wolff’s marketing tactics were smart, but he wanted to clarify something for readers: “Fire and Fury” isn’t really about Trump – it could have been ghostwritten by Steve Bannon to show his perspective on everyone he didn’t like.

“I read it so you didn’t have to,” Glenn said on today’s show. “Make no mistake: This is not a book about Donald Trump.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: After reading Michael Wolff’s new book, I’m posthumously giving it a working title. Hell hath no FIRE AND FURY like a Steve Bannon scorned. “Fire and Fury” must have been easier to fit on the binding. They say the Devil’s greatest accomplishment was convincing the world he doesn’t exist, but Wolff rivals this in convincing his readers that this book actually about Trump rather than his real pro… I mean AN-tagonist.

Oh there’s plenty of juicy Trump details to chew on during this 300+ page bomb dropping bonanza. I’m sure some of it is true, A LOT is just rumor, but - make no mistake - this is not a book about Trump. The description of the book on the front cover, “Inside The Trump White House” is merely the vehicle used to highlight the real focus of this narrative… Steve Bannon.

I say NARRATIVE, because that’s primarily what you’re getting here. You get 5 parts confirmation of what we already knew about Trump. YES, his election caught everyone by surprise… apparently even his own campaign. YES, Trump and his team had close to ZERO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE and stumbled their way through the first nine months. This is all confirmation of what we already knew. You also get 5 parts rumor and tabloid-level gossip. Did Trump REALLY not want to win and rather just use his candidacy as a launching point for a new TV network? Is his marriage with Melania THAT bad? Does Trump REALLY try and bed all his friends’ wives? We’ll probably never know. That sure didn’t stop Wolff from publishing it though.

Regardless, the other 90% of the book was all Bannon narrative. Trump’s picture on the cover was equivalent to bookstore clickbait. Bannon and his agenda was constant throughout the entire book. According to Wolff, Steve was the only one in the administration that was smart, well read, and had a plan. Even things that could be considered as critical of Bannon, were nothing that he wouldn’t readily and wholeheartedly admit about himself anyway.

For Bannon, Fire and Fury was about launching his next phase. To separate and distinguish between Trumpism and Bannonism. This was the last paragraph:

“The disruption had just begun.

Trump, in Bannon’s view, was a chapter, or even a detour, in the Trump revolution, which had always been about weaknesses in the two major parties. The Trump presidency—however long it lasted—had created the opening that would provide the true outsiders their opportunity. Trump was just the beginning.”

Buckle up ladies and gentlemen. The next few years might be a wild ride.

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