Over the weekend, I read Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, and if you haven’t read it yet, I would suggest it’s not really worth the time investment if you’ve been keeping up with politics since Donald Trump was elected (that is most of you, I imagine). It essentially recounts Donald Trump’s first year in office, and there’s not a lot in the book we didn’t already know. It’s basically everything that the NYTimes, The Washington Post, Politico, and Axios reported over the course of the last year, as told from Steve Bannon’s perspective.
And make no mistake: Though Michael Wolff says he has plenty of sources, and that he even spoke with Donald Trump for around 3 hours over the course of the year, this is Steve Bannon’s tell-all. It’s the first year of the Trump Administration through the eyes of Bannon, which means that everyone — and especially Jared Kushner and “that dumb bitch” Ivanka Trump — come off terribly, except, really, for Trump. Yes, a lot of Trump’s advisors think little of him, and no one thinks he’s qualified for his position, but from what I can glean from Wolff’s book, the first year of his presidency was a win for Trump. At least in his own mind.
Why? Because it’s never been about being President for Donald Trump. Donald Trump doesn’t govern. Hell, he has no idea how to govern, and he has no interest in governing. Donald Trump is interested in only one thing, and that’s being the most famous man in the world.