Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Fire & Fury": Trump Fires Back

             Forget the “Bomb Cyclone” storm system that paralyzed large swaths of the United States recently, it’s The Donald Tweet-storm that is really wreaking havoc. After “Fire & Fury,” a self-proclaimed tell-all book about the Trump administration was released Friday, a book characterizing the Trump White House as out-of-control and Trump’s aides and cabinet as believing him unstable and unfit for office, Trump hit back. Trump always hits back.
Though the book was written by an acknowledged serial prevaricator, who himself admitted that not all of the book’s anecdotes may actually have occurred, the president couldn’t restrain himself from lashing out via Twitter, writing: “….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..” he posted at 7:27 a.m. Then, at 7:30 a.m., he added: “….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
To paraphrase Billy Joel: “You may be right, he may be crazy…oh, but it just may be a lunatic we’re looking for.” If one looks objectively at the evidence thus far, that certainly appears to be the case. A soaring stock market, economy booming, companies giving out large bonuses and relocating to the U.S., illegal border crossings way down, North Korea now apparently willing to talk to South Korea and participate in the upcoming Olympics, black unemployment at record lows, etc., etc.
The book itself, which I haven’t read, makes maniacal claims such as: “President Trump eats 47 White Castle sliders a day…he bleeping loves White Castle. You know, ‘cuz of the whole White thing.” (This is likely no more disingenuous then any of the book’s other claims. How it is allowed to be sold as a non-fiction work is beyond me. Slander? Defamation? Misrepresentation?).
Here are some additional Trump Tweets we can likely look forward to: “So, Sloppy Steve writes a book (who knew he could read, let alone write!) too, just like wacky Wolff.  ‘Fired & Furious’ sucks, that I can tell you. Mindless loser Bannon’s tales are all bullshit! I’ve never even met Steve Bannon!”
And: “The fake news media think I’m dumb, but, like, I’m really, really smart. A genius, actually. They can’t stand that I was a gifted student…GIFTED really, I have to tell you…and that I was singularly successful in television…because I ALWAYS win, it’s what I do…just like I did in business, too…won so big it boggled people’s minds…little minds like Little Brian Ross at Failing ABC.”
And: “@Failing New York Times says I eat 47 White Castle sliders a day! What total bullshit! I’ve never eaten more than 22 of them in a day…that’s less than one half of what @Failing NYT’s says…and probably not a third as many as Little Rocket Man could eat! # fakenews.”

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