The new anti-Trump book being released from inflammatory author Michael Wolff is causing quite the stir in Washington, D.C.
Most interesting is the realization that only the most ardent anti-Trump partisans actually lend much credence to the obviously flawed and purposefully antagonistic book.
In fact, just a few days ago, Wolff himself admitted that he didn’t even know if the stories in his book were true or not.
The author of the explosive new book about Donald Trump’s presidency acknowledged in an author’s note that he wasn’t certain all of its content was true…
Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.
But some were nonetheless included in the vivid account of the West Wing’s workings, in a process Wolff describes as “allowing the reader to judge” whether the sources’ claims are true…
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. These conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book.
“Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances I have, through a consistency in the accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true.”
He also admitted that he had never interviewed many of the central characters that he speaks about in his book!
Michael Wolff admitted Monday that he did not interview Vice President Mike Pence or any Cabinet members, though some of the more incendiary claims in his book “Fire and Fury” are credited to Cabinet members.
He never interviewed any of these people, but in his book he says that they said some particularly nasty things about the President.
Wolff book on how top aides regard Trump: “For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as shit.’ For H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on.”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 3, 2018
CBS’ Norah O’Donnell was not impressed with Wolff’s work, telling him to his face that what he did was NOT a “journalistic enterprise.”
— Norah O'Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 8, 2018
No, I agree with O’Donnell and with Sebastian Gorka who called Wolff’s book a work of “fiction,” like “Harry Potter.” Ouch.
And the author even ADMITS it on page 10 of the book. https://t.co/egfilcYgwr
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 5, 2018
Another Trump team member, Stephen Miller, likewise called Wolff’s book “fiction,” during an appearance on CNN this past Sunday.
“I can tell you unequivocally is that the allegations and insinuations in this book, which are a pure work of fiction, are nothing but a pile of trash through and through,” Miller argued.
NBC’s Chuck Todd was as incredulous as O’Donnell when speaking with Wolff, pointing out that the book contained “many errors.”
The American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka went further and simply argued that the book is “not credible.”
First of all, the stories about the White House are not terribly credible. Nobody sits on a couch at the White House for hours on end just listening to what everybody says because nobody is talking near the couches on the White House. You’re going to talk to a reporter, reporters will say the same thing. That doesn’t happen.
So, the narrative of the book itself isn’t that credible. The stories in it, yes, of course, they fit a narrative that I think we all know and understand. But does this tell us anything new about Donald Trump? No, it tells us a lot about Steve Bannon, though.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told Hugh Hewitt on Monday that everything he’d read thus far about the book struck him as fiction.
Perdue: I don’t usually read a lot of fiction. All I know is the characterization that he has for the President in his book is not reflective of the man that I’ve seen, the man I’ve spoken to, and discussed policy with face to face. I think he is really smart. He’s instinctive. He is, he has a unique, inherent gift of just being able to figure stuff out. It’s like street smarts.
Hewitt: There is an image of the President much in the media now that he is not stable, not fit to be president, and not qualified by temperament to do so. Your reaction?
Perdue: I think that’s why I characterized the book as fiction. If you begin with that premise, it’s absolutely untrue and very uncharacteristic of the President. He’s focused, he’s determined, he’s a business guy. He asks tough questions, and expects solid answers.
When U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was asked about the book during an interview on ABC’s This Week she seemed shocked that someone would so debase themselves just to make a few dollars.
“The one thing about the book, having been governor and now an ambassador, I am always amazed at the lengths people will go to lie for money and for power, this is like taking it to a whole new low. I will tell you. I have not read the book. I won’t read it. The excerpts I have seen and the things I have seen in the press, I know those people in the White House. I’m there once a week. These people love their country and respect our president. I have never seen or heard the type of toxic language they’re talking about. I’m not there seven days a week. I’m there once a week, and I’m there for a day with White House meetings and everything. No one questions the stability of the president.”
It’s not just Americans calling Wolff a liar.
So how does Wolff reply to the tens of people who say his book is, at best “fiction” and at worst a “lie”?
He’s calling them all… LIARS.
“They are all lying. They are in a situation now where Donald Trump has come to think that this book is a mortal threat. I don’t know if it is or it isn’t but he certainly feels that way, and he is making demands on everybody. I know, I hear through the grapevine that Katie Walsh’s job is at issue now, and — which I regret. And even then, she’s not really saying that I misquoted her. She’s saying that she was quoting something like she was quoting Steve Bannon that [Trump]’s a child.”
(Starting about 16 minutes into the video.)
So, we’re supposed to take the word of a well-known “stretcher-of-the-truth” in this he said – she said between the man with a lot of money to lose and the dozens of people who say he’s lying?
I’m sorry, I’m just not buying it.