Earlier this week, we reported on author Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury,” which makes a series of outrageous claims about Donald Trump’s White House. Though liberals have obviously been praising Wolff ever since news of the book came out, this book may have just come back to bite him in a huge way.
National Review just published an oped calling for Trump to take legal action against Wolff. Since the Trump administration claims that it has been defamed, the National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson thinks they should simply put their money where there mouths are and sue.
“The president, through his lawyers, insists that these things are not true, and that they constitute libel. Wolff has been criticized as an overly free practitioner of what used to be known as the New Journalism, liberally applying literary techniques to recreate (some of his critics would say to simply create) scenes and interactions to which he was not directly privy,” Williamson wrote.
“If the Trump administration is telling the truth, and Wolff is telling tales (selling wolf tickets, as it were), then Trump should sue him and sue his publishers, Henry Holt & Company, a division of Macmillan and part of the giant Holtzbrinck Publishing Group,” he added. “And by that I mean: Trump should actually sue Wolff and Henry Holt, rather than simply send a cease-and-desist letter, as he has done.”
The claims made in the book are sensational to say the least.
“There was now a fair amount of back-of-the-classroom giggling about who had called Trump what,” Wolff wrote in his book, which is due out January 9.
“For Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, he was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as s–t.’ For H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on,” an excerpt read, according to Daily Mail.
Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch is also quoted in the book as making fun of Trump’s intellect.
“On December 14, a high-level delegation from Silicon Valley came to Trump Tower to meet him. Later that afternoon, according to a source privy to details of the conversation, Trump called Rupert Murdoch, who asked him how the meeting had gone,” Wolff wrote. When the men could not agree on extending visas to the companies Trump had met with, Murdoch “shrugged as he got off the phone, and said: ‘What a f***ing idiot.’”
Perhaps most humiliating of all is the fact that the book claims Trump’s own daughter Ivanka makes fun of him over his hair.
“She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate – a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery – surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray,” Wolff wrote.
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