For those who didn't turn on the news on Wednesday, a new book by journalist Michael Wolff entitled Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House turned the White House on its head. While the book has not officially been dropped yet, an excerpt of one chapter was published in New York Magazine. Wolff had been given unprecedented access, and some of the on the record quotes are truly jaw-dropping.
"Even though the numbers in a few key states had appeared to be changing to Trump’s advantage, neither Conway nor Trump himself nor his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — the effective head of the campaign — wavered in their certainty: Their unexpected adventure would soon be over. Not only would Trump not be president, almost everyone in the campaign agreed, he should probably not be."
"Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump."
The excerpt largely paints a picture of a man who is wholly unfit for the office of the Presidency, and a staff that is painfully aware of this fact. But its comments about a certain unelected official are the ones that drew pointed and direct pushback.
"Not only did Trump disregard the potential conflicts of his own business deals and real-estate holdings, he audaciously refused to release his tax returns. Why should he? Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning."
"Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy."
FLOTUS spokesperson: “The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did” https://t.co/PGCu6ymNBw— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 3, 2018
People were understandably skeptical.
Words are cheap. What I see is a woman that is not in love with her husband. They have separate bed rooms and lives. I see them together for photo ops nothing more. Maybe there was a spark at some point but you can’t hide the lack of love. The Obama’s radiated love 💕— Wendy 🇨🇦 (@wdilnot) January 3, 2018
Thus the reason she decorated the WH like a Tim Burton flick at Christmas.— Realzhauswife (@realzhauswife) January 3, 2018
It’s okay Melania, a lot of us cried when Trump ‘won’ the presidency.— Trish Lane (@iTrishLane) January 4, 2018
Melania Trump: a true American hero.