First of all, what’s described in A Warning, the upcoming book by the anonymous author of a scathing September 2018 New York Times op-ed titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” is hair-raising. Hair-raising enough that it’s beyond mind-boggling that the author remains in the shadows.
Secondly, WHAT THE EVER-LIVING F*#K?
Some excerpts, via The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book:
The author describes senior officials waking up in the morning “in a full-blown panic” over the wild pronouncements the president had made on Twitter.
“It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the author writes. “You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time. Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on.”
“I’ve sat and listened in uncomfortable silence as he talks about a woman’s appearance or performance,” the author writes. “He comments on makeup. He makes jokes about weight. He critiques clothing. He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey’ to address accomplished professionals. This is precisely the way a boss shouldn’t act in the work environment.”
And his private thoughts about immigrants …
The author alleges that Trump attempted a Hispanic accent during an Oval Office meeting to complain about migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We get these women coming in with like seven children,” Trump said, according to the book. “They are saying, ‘Oh, please help! My husband left me!’ They are useless. They don’t do anything for our country. At least if they came in with a husband we could put him in the fields to pick corn or something.”
And what fresh hell is this, pray tell?
One theme laced throughout the book is Trump’s indifference to the boundaries of the law. The author writes that Trump considered presidential pardons as “unlimited ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ cards on a Monopoly board,” referring to news reports that he had offered pardons to aides.
As he ranted about federal courts ruling against some of his policies, including the 2017 travel ban, the author writes, Trump once asked White House lawyers to draft a bill to send to Congress reducing the number of federal judges.
“Can we just get rid of the judges? Let’s get rid of the [expletive] judges,” the president said, according to the book. “There shouldn’t be any at all, really.”
Great idea! Sure! Why can’t we get rid of the judges? That doesn’t seem crazy or fascist or anything!
Oh, and this bit is really comforting:
The author argues that Trump is incapable of leading the United States through a monumental international crisis, describing how he tunes out intelligence and national security briefings and theorizing that foreign adversaries see him as “a simplistic pushover” who is susceptible to flattery and easily manipulated.
Okay, so frankly we knew a lot of this already. But coming from an insider who apparently has a front-row seat to all this f*#knuttery, it’s particularly disturbing. And it’s made even more so by the fact that THIS PERSON IS SITTING ON HIS OR HER HANDS AND DOING NOTHING!
Please, Anonymous, come into the light. And bring the rest of those craven toadies with you. Enough is enough. This is a hair-on-fire emergency, and it needs to stop.