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'Anonymous' Book on Trump Is a Brutal Takedown

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
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In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – The Washington Post and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC have gotten early copies of the forthcoming book about President Trump written by "Anonymous," and it delivers the expected scathing critique. A Warning depicts an unhinged, sexist, unqualified president who is putting the nation in genuine peril. The White House, meanwhile, is denouncing it as a "work of fiction" written by a "coward." Says press chief Stephanie Grisham: "Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact checked—but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible." Details and excerpts:

  • Comparison I: Trump is like "a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport."
  • Comparison II: The author, described so far only as a senior Trump administration official, writes that Trump's tweetstorms send White House officials scrambling to do damage control. "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."

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