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Stability And Genius


Paul already mentioned the “did we quit after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” moment revealed in Rucker and Leonnig’s new book A Very Stable Genius. But apparently the whole book is like this:

An example of large news: They report that in the spring of 2017, Trump implored Rex Tillerson, then secretary of state, to help him jettison the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas,” Trump whines to a group of aides. Nearly every line from Trump, in “A Very Stable Genius,” is this venal.

That’s almost as scandalous as that time someone gave money to the Clinton Foundation and received nothing in return for it!

Rucker and Leonnig are adept at scene-setting, at subtly thickening the historical record. More than a few of these scenes feature Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, known to nearly all in the White House as “the kids.” They’re viewed as in over their heads and possessed of unfailingly defective judgment.

The fact that Javanka were widely regarded in the White House as useless dipshits makes the credulous treatment they received from the political press all the more ridiculous.

Have I mentioned that Donald Trump really hates women?

There’s a lot more here, amid the peeling wallpaper of the American experiment. Trump considered awarding himself the Medal of Freedom. He informed the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, wrongly: “It’s not like you’ve got China on your border.” Photographs emerged of Colbie Holderness, one of the former White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives, with a black eye. She said Porter gave it to her. Trump had another explanation. The authors write: “Maybe, Trump said, Holderness purposefully ran into a refrigerator to give herself bruises and try to get money out of Porter?”

This book seems a lot more interesting than the typical Woodward-style Inside Baseball job…

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