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On Jan. 5, 2018, author Michael Wolff’s seventh book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was published by Henry Holt and Co. The author asserts this book to be a window into a White House in disarray. He claims it to reveal the secrets of the Trump White House and all of its idiosyncrasies.

In all actuality, this book does not tell the American people anything that could not be discovered by flipping to CNN or MSNBC. We all know the White House is disorganized with deep divisions between senior members of Trump’s team, i.e., Jared Kushner and former White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President, Steve Bannon. The sole beacon of hope in this White House is Chief of Staff John Kelly.

If the Trump White House were a piece of art, this quote-filled book serves no purpose other than to add color to the drawing we all can clearly see. This is nothing new. To quote Jonah Goldberg at National Review, “There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” but is there anything actually new?”

This book may be damaging to President Donald Trump’s image but that’s it. Everyone who already hates Trump will only hate him that much more after reading the book. It does not disavow all the A’s on Trump’s first-year report card. The stock market and economy are booming.

On Jan. 4, The Dow hit a historic high, closing above 25,000 for the first time is history.

We just finished the second consecutive quarter above 3 percent GDP growth.

National unemployment is at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent.

Equally remarkable, sweeping tax reform was passed in both houses of Congress.

Furthermore, ISIS has been nearly irradiated on their own turf.

And most importantly, Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court.

Regardless of the quasi-damaging content of this book, Trump’s first-year trophy case is impressive.

The real danger this book reveals is the fact that Trump and his team allowed Michael Wolff, a journalist no one in the White House really knew, to swindle and flatter his way into the “belly of the beast” and reveal information harmful to Trump’s image. Wolff himself told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, “I certainly said what was ever necessary to get the story.”

Wolf’s presence at the White House is a perfect example of Trump’s fatal personality flaw at work. To get what you want from Donald Trump and his team, all you have to do is flatter him.

Wolff is doing nothing more than pandering to the left-wing congregants who veraciously consume any form media negatively portraying Trump. He will be martyred on the left, he will make his money off of this book, but at the end of the day, that’s it. Nothing substantial is to come of this book.

Wolff amounts to nothing more than a sorry journalist in a desperate search for money and attention. He will receive both.

If Wolff were a film character, he would be Wormtail, Ron’s rat in the Harry Potter series. Lying in wait among his enemies only to eventually reveal himself for what he truly is, a grimy, opportunistic, nausea-inducing little man. Wolff was inadvertently born into the wrong family. He is not a Wolff, but a rat.

To any informed citizen of Orangeburg County, Republican or Democrat, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” should serve as just that, a good fire starter on cold days.

Mark Hinds is an Orangeburg resident and senior at Clemson University. His resume includes serving as opinion section editor for Clemson’s student newspaper, The Tiger.


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