Instead of Fred Jr., it was Donald who slid into the role of heir apparent. Lacking the skills of his older brother, Donald nevertheless had the brashness, self-promotion and even shamelessness favored by Fred Sr., in many ways reflecting his own character, Mary writes. She goes to great lengths to try to dispel the myth that Donald Trump was self-made, instead crediting his early forays into the Manhattan real estate market to his father’s wealth, not a small amount of seed money. As she tells it, Fred Sr. was captivated by Donald’s penchant for publicity and media attention, enough to overlook his son’s limitations. … [Read more...] about Mary Trump Book Review: In The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Will His Niece’s Tell-All Matter?
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Trump’s re-election strategy isn’t as audacious as it sounds when you understand that probably one-third of the country already disbelieves what they see and hear unless it’s coming from Fox News, Ben Shapiro, some other pillar of the right-wing echo chamber, or Trump himself. Remember: A thrice-married, maybe-billionaire from New York City with a long history of bankruptcies and deceptions succeeded at selling himself as the candidate of the Everyman. Trump’s party — for he’s captured it lock, stock, and barrel — denies the science of climate change and has made the simplest of public-health protections, wearing a mask, into a political statement, preferring to risk infection or death if it means they can “own the libs” and show solidarity with the president. The running tally of current and former GOP congressional candidates who have endorsed or lent credence to QAnon, the mega-conspiracy theory about a global cabal of … [Read more...] about How Far Will Donald Trump Go to Win?
“As each candidate was moving up, let’s say Marco Rubio, David Pecker would reach out to me and he would give me a list of things that he was intending to do in order to squash Ted Cruz’s or Marco Rubio’s rise, whoever was rising in the poll,” Cohen said. “That’s who became the person that we needed to knock out of the campaign, out of the race.” … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen’s Book Details Coordination By Donald Trump, National Enquirer To Vanquish Rivals
With his preference for autocrats and dictators, and “little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations,” the writer confirmed Trump was reluctant to expel so many of Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Great Britain, and frustrated the country continued to impose sanctions on Russia for its behavior. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump “Amoral … Impetuous, Adversarial, Petty, Ineffective,” Senior Official Says In NYT Op-Ed
The book, Fear: Trump in the White House, will officially be published on September 11 by Simon & Schuster. Woodward says it is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with White House figures and witnesses. Many interviews were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information is used without an explanation of who provided it. He also drew from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents. … [Read more...] about Bob Woodward’s New Book Scorches Earth Under Donald Trump, With John F. Kelly Proclaiming, “We’re In Crazytown” – Update