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'Anonymous' Book on Trump Is a Brutal Takedown - Page 2

Author likens him to an addled nursing home patient; White House denounces author
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2019 8:50 AM CST

  • Mental fitness: "I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity," writes the author. "All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness. He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity."
  • On women: Trump talks about women's appearance in meetings, including their makeup, weight, and clothing, according to the book. "He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like 'sweetie' and 'honey' to address accomplished professionals."
  • Hispanics: The author recounts an Oval Office meeting in which Trump was discussing migrants. "We get these women coming in with like seven children," said Trump, who then allegedly put on a Hispanic accent: "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."
  • The VP: The book alleges that if the Cabinet invoked the 25th Amendment to deem Trump unfit and remove him from office, VP Mike Pence would have gone along. This week, Pence denied it and called the idea "appalling." The book also alleges that senior White House officials considered a mass resignation but ultimately opted against it.
  • The author: A review in the New York Times says there are enough clues in the book to make a safe bet that the author is a "dyed-in-the-wool establishment Republican," perhaps one who had high hopes for the Trump presidency at first. One "big tell" is that it was Trump's treatment of John McCain that was the author's "last straw." The author, for the record, says he or she may reveal their identity "in due course."
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