A new book confirms that people who work with Trump realize how dangerous and detached from reality he is.
If you thought the Trump White House has been in utter chaos from day one, his advisers were permanently in over their heads, and his staffers privately understand what a danger he poses to the country, it turns out you were right.
That’s according to the new insider account from author Michael Wolff, whose new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has pulled back the curtain and revealed a comically inept White House staff that seems to spend more time infighting and trying to covering up Donald Trump’s complete incompetence than it does trying to lead the country.
The picture Wolff paints, via tape-recorded interviews, is a White House staff that sees Trump as a paranoid, moody, semi-literate dunce (a “child“) who cannot stop repeating himself, and they doubt he’ll survive four years in office.
In other words, they’re a lot like you and me.
“Their job was to maintain the pretense of relative sanity, even as each individually came to the conclusion that, in generous terms, it was insane to think you could run a White House without experience, organizational structure or a real purpose,” writes Wolff. “To say that no one was in charge, that there were no guiding principles, not even a working org chart, would again be an understatement.”
Wolff stresses that after speaking with staffers throughout 2017, they agreed, “100 percent,” that Trump is “incapable of functioning in his job.”
And that’s from his staff. Meanwhile, Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was revealed last fall to have called Trump a “moron,” a story Tillerson refused to deny.
There was, after the abrupt [Anthony] Scaramucci meltdown, hardly any effort inside the West Wing to disguise the sense of ludicrousness and anger felt by every member of the senior staff toward Trump’s family and Trump himself. It became almost a kind of competition to demystify Trump. For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Cohn, he was dumb as shit. For H.R. McMaster, he was a hopeless idiot. For Steve Bannon, he had lost his mind.
Most succinctly, no one expected him to survive Mueller. Whatever the substance of the Russia “collusion,” Trump, in the estimation of his senior staff, did not have the discipline to navigate a tough investigation, nor the credibility to attract the caliber of lawyers he would need to help him. (At least nine major law firms had turned down an invitation to represent the president.)
Indeed, “Insiders believed that the only thing saving Mueller from being fired, and the government of the United States from unfathomable implosion, is Trump’s inability to grasp how much Mueller had on him and his family.”
The seriousness of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation prompted Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon to start openly handicapping Trump’s chances of impeachment (33 percent) and being removed via the 25th Amendment (33 percent), which allows Congress to remove a president who is mentally or physically “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
Wolff’s book has gone off like a bomb precisely because it paints such a damning picture of a historically inept and borderline criminal White House.
And the portrait is painted by the people who work there.