"Thank You, Mr President": Michael Wolff Thanks Trump For Book's Accelerated Release

Having unleashed a firestorm of controversy which has (so far) culminated in the dramatic and terminal split between president Trump and his former chief advisor, Steve Bannon, author Michael Wolff thanked President Trump on Thursday after attention from the White House helped prompt Wolff’s publisher to accelerate the release of his new book about the Trump administration.

Happy to capitalize on the unprecedented and free marketing campaign by the White House, Henry Holt & Company, the publisher of Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is letting several retailers begin selling the book on Friday, CNN reports. It was previously set to go on sale next Tuesday.

Several excerpts from the book were released beginning Wednesday. During press briefings over the past two days, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed questions related to the excerpts, and blasting the book as "pathetic" and containing "numerous mistakes."

That's all the publisher needed.

"We saw a huge spike in demand yesterday," Terry Finley, chief executive of Books-a-Million, told The Wall Street Journal. "President Trump’s attack absolutely stirred interest."

The tell-all book, which is allegedly corroborated by hours of tape recorded conversations, contains several noteworthy allegations, including that Trump was shocked at his 2016 victory, that 21st Century Fox co-chairman Rupert Murdoch called the president a “f---ing idiot,” and more.

The excerpts also included quotes from ousted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who called a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians “unpatriotic” and "treasonous.” He also suggested President Trump knew about the meeting, contradicting past White House statements.

Trump responded by tearing into Bannon on Wednesday, accusing him of having “lost his mind” when he left the White House in August and inflating his own importance within the administration.

Pushing demand for the book over the edge was the reported cease and desist letter  issued overnight by Trump's lawyers, which demanded that the book not be published, and that Wolff issue an apology to Trump.

For those who may have missed it, the latest excerpt from the book was released today on the Hollywood Reporter.

Finally, confirming just how serious the fallout between Trump and Bannon is, was the following detail noticed on Thursday afternoon"

Comments

fx ne-tiger Jan 4, 2018 6:59 PM Permalink

Agent Orange finally revealed to everybody, how utterly dumb and clueless and detached from reality he is. By seriously stating that  Bannon's followers played no role in his victory, he sealed his fate. I have no sympathy for Bannon, but Trump just stomped over a large chunk of his CORE voter base. And no, these "forgotten" brave men and women will NEVER forget what the orange idiot just said and did.

Here's my predicition: he will run again, and will not be even nominated by the GOP. While 2016 he turned every opponent into a joke, this time, the joke will be on him. An deservedly so.

Oh, and yes, ivanka will never become president and neither will her zionist scum husband. Whatever hope I had with Trump, it's long gone.

But what do I know? Probably, Agent Orange has mastered 5d chess long ago and is now playing 15d chess already.

Fuck this goddamn orange asshole and his zionist, neocon masters!

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BobEore 07564111 Jan 4, 2018 6:35 PM Permalink

No more than a journalist whose exposes of the machinations of the $power

is found dead "after shooting themselves five times in the head"....

is "america ripping itself apart." The 'ripping' part of 'apart' is being supplied by the OUTSIDE AGITATOR/PROVOCATEUR/FIFTH COLUMNIST element who are \always/ on hand when the demolition of nation states/troublesome ethnic groupings/or jus folks with a latent ability and/or intent to resist the talmudic suffocation of their societies

need to be 'put to sleep.'

You fit that definition to a tee. And you will be rousted out.

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Sid Davis Bes Jan 4, 2018 6:05 PM Permalink

Maybe Trump was just making sure that when he sues Wolfe, he can say he did everything he could to mitigate the damages to himself; that way Wolfe can't say Trump didn't take action to protect himself thus is entitled to less in damages.

Free speech doesn't give anyone the right to slander just like the second amendment doesn't give anyone the right to use the gun he keeps to murder.

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Infinite QE Bes Jan 4, 2018 6:47 PM Permalink

Watched a Shirley Temple recently with my young daughter. The tale of a man living the penthouse life as a real estate developer. But due to fate, he has to move to a basement apartment and become the maintenance man.

That was Drumpf's looming fate before he arranged for some kosher-nostra loans, with his daughter offered up as his only remaining collateral.

 

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LetThemEatRand aliens is here Jan 4, 2018 5:25 PM Permalink

My prediction is that he doesn't sue.  The standard for winning is very high (he would have to show actual malice in the publication of false facts because he is a public figure).  It's not enough to prove that some passages are false. But if he sued and lost, most people would not consider the burden of proof and would assume it means the book is true.  Further, it would force the author to reveal his sources and if he has backup for the claims, it would be even worse for Trump.  My guess is that he's going to slam it as false but move on.

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swmnguy LetThemEatRand Jan 4, 2018 5:36 PM Permalink

Sending a cease and desist was fucking stupid.  If Trump continues to use such horseshit lawyers he's doomed.  But the good lawyers are unlikely to take on a client who won't take and follow advice, so he's stuck with his cheap hangers-on. 

At some point you would think Trump would realize he's no longer cheating subcontractors or shaking down tenants or intimidating creditors. He needs real lawyers and PR people, but those people are pretty smart so Trump doesn't like them near enough to him that he might not be the smartest guy in the room.

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GoingBig Bay of Pigs Jan 4, 2018 7:13 PM Permalink

Read the report, according to excerpts, 9 top law firms have turned down supporting Trump against the upcoming case because they know that Mueller is nobody's fool and Trump is nothing but a fool. 

 

They are treasonous for reporting the truth? You have a very weird view of the world.

Trump might of had a brain once but it has been gone for a long time. Only ZHers think he is smart. Everyone else, his staff included, thinks he is a total fool. 

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SRV swmnguy Jan 4, 2018 6:14 PM Permalink

You sure know a lot about Trump's lawyers... care to serve some fact with all that conjecture?

And a good parroting jib on the contractor memes. He owns hundreds of businesses and they come and go... when they go the unpaid invoices get written off. Happens every day and all over the country... nothing but specious LW Talking Points... meh

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