*checks brandy supply*
There's a lot of books we *should* read, whether because they have real impact or because they have impact in the political world, or because they're by someone notable. We do not all have the time/money to invest in that project.
If you haven't ever written a book, you might not know that the title is the worst/hardest part of it! The book itself is just "write the book." Titles are sales and whatnot.
let us all save this man from himself and damn the country amirite
And, like, AFTER that they did the Milo thing, so they didn’t even give a shit about the money
These people have money on a scale I cannot imagine and have never dreamed, and the games they play are abstract to them but involve millions of us and our futures
We’re ants to them
And thinking that money was important enough that you’d go ahead and back him anyway, to sit as the leader of the free world
For fucking couch change. Or even an investment.
And then I see what comfortable does to you and TBH I’d rather have to get publicly drunk to pay my rent than I would be rich, because that shit is toxic as hell.
Now. I have been out of the kitchen for about five years and my hands have gone soft; how closely connected to the populace is the dude who went to Harvard decades ago?
Like twenty paragraphs ago the dude didn’t know what pro-life was
What kind of twisted worldview or brain must you have to ever tell a man that in any context when you have enough money that the rent is paid
I don’t think Woodward fully understood what he was relating here
Because ain’t an amount of drunk I could get to make that closing okay
If you think about it: she threw over Rupert Murdoch for Tony Blair. After wrecking his marriage she dated Vladimir Putin and ditched him for a rentboy
And also she’s just systematically wrecking terrible men
I’m kind of a fan, if a conflicted one
Bannon felt sorry for Manafort”
This is about Manafort’s Trump Tower condo and it’s just great if you’re a petty sort
Also how did I miss this story
God love the people who refuse to accept their aging perhaps
For Woodward to pretend like this isn’t the norm is...
Well, IDK where he’s been working since Nixon but I’ve never met an elected without a blue tongue
Pregnancy is fucking horrifying actually)
This book is fully wild in all the predictable ways and also it’s 2018 and so you look at it and think “no there’s no way we’re that stupid” but
Anyway I’m going to buy more whiskey
I don’t think most people know the plot to the last cycle of the ring, actually
Weird as hell that in 2018 opera isn’t a huge means of societal communication but here we are
And like, was he lying and you’re believing him or are you lying
Because not a single citizen in 2008 didn’t know about the partisan divide
Like, ok russia and all, but how is it possible that a man says aloud “I just touch women however and whenever I want to because I can” and that’s not the scandal that ends him
And also if *that* doesn’t get it why on earth would you think treason would
Y’all super high on the good shit or what?
Like on the one hand fuck Priebus on all available implements, and also on the other jesus some dude actually honestly believed that the access Hollywood tapes would kill a career and that’s kinda sweet in its grotesque way
Also fuck this dude fully
Woodward isn’t stupid. He’s just paying for access.
Don’t think women didn’t notice that
Best opening to a novel ever
We pick the book up at 3 PM EST tomorrow
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And Giuliani is still out there doing the Sunday shows for him
“Maybe we can get $25 million out of him,” said Kushner, adding a caveat: “He doesn’t have a lot of cash.”
Now if you’ve never worked a political campaign, that is *utter chaos* and THEY STILL WON.
And I know about the popular vote, hush
Most Woodward books you read knowing he’s a bit too credulous and a bit too cozy but you do find out some things about what happened during the period he’s covering
This is just... trash fire. Trash fire. Oh look, trash fire!
Like he had the transfer order with him
But he was still mad at Chris Christie for fundraising for it too slowly?
What a shitshow
Trashfire trashfire trashfire but somehow without warmth or intensity
And here’s the end of this chapter, where we learn that Trump thought Tillerson looked right on TV and that’s how he became one of the most powerful men in the world!
I still knew more about how money works than the millionaire
But I’d bet an average teacher or union plumber knows how interest works better than Trump did
Woodward printed that instead. He really does love powerful people!
He said this to Cohn
Rick Perry suddenly makes so much more sense
He’s from Texas right where the oil is
Steve Mnuchin is only the secretary because he personally leaked that he was the secretary after Trump offered the job to Cohn
In front of Mnuchin, who’d already taken the job
Who left that meeting and declared publicly that he was the secretary to force Trump to lock in
And Reince Priebus wants to know if the GOP can trust him
Like he has gotten to know them so he sees them as people but he hasn’t cottoned on to the fact that they’re not
They’re the people who run the world
And I was coming out of poverty, and I said not a chance
So fuck this dude
Or he’ll write it anyway
Y’all remember when you were that innocent
Frankly I’m absolutely not screencapping this because Woodward doesn’t have anything new to say beyond “salacious details were made speculatively public” and fuck that, IDK why you waste that ink
Like, my dude, we know, we lived here
Come on now
But I think there’s something here that’s worth discussing, so I’m going to pick this up tomorrow
But this part I’d like to relate to you at the beginning of the night
So it’ll be after that sometime
And then, in what is surely one of the least defensible sentences this man has ever written: “Trump decided to go to Dover, Delaware, to observe the ceremony for the arrival of his body. Ivanka accompanied him.”
Which Woodward knows, given his years writing presidential war books
““That’s a hard one,” he said afterward. He was clearly rattled. He let it be known he would make no more trips to Dover.””
It is still followed up with the observation that Trump lied to families, because “he knew what they wanted to hear.”
He’s one of the people who lied about Russian meetings
I wish there were anything in any of these chapters worth screencapping, but TBH there’s not. I’m telling you this all like I’d tell you your parents got laid last night: I might know it, but you don’t want the details of how.
Also that one time Kushner just casually rang the prince of Saudi Arabia to sweeten some arms deals to get a summit to come off, so.
“Sean,” Mattis finally said, “I’ve killed people for a living. If you call me again, I’m going to fucking send you to Afghanistan. Are we clear?”
That wasn’t the point, but that’s what it is.
And in this timeline, Bannon merely bows to the wisdom of that
OK sure, that’s being “a hothead”
Asking wtf Trump
About Syria: Woodward has Trump as saying “let’s kill the lot of them”
I totally buy the rash willingness to massacre people to be clear
Just when has anyone ever heard Trump use UK English
“As the Syrian civil war ground on, Obama was tagged with a strategic failure. The war had left more than 400,000 killed and millions of refugees.”
“Tagged with a strategic failure” ok
On Syria everyone has an opposing opinion even if they agree on what should be done in Syria, and that’s the closest I can come to explaining that unless you read the whole thing.
We already don’t credit basically anything in this book because Woodward has way too big a crush on a few people but let’s give the man credit as a journalist and assume he’s at least sourced the quotes even if the sources are lying
So, we have the following
I have no questions because answers will only poke holes in this impossible deliciousness
Actually let us briefly diverge
That dude and his sidekick (she doesn’t get a name, you see, it’s his show) were fully fellating Trump for ages.
This is why I don’t watch network, generally. If I wanted to know what the Tea Party thought liberals wanted to hear I’d call my family and set up a talking session. I ain’t paying cable for all that.
1. Ivanka showed Donald pictures of Syrian kids and he not only felt emotion he sustained it, ergo wanted to bomb Syria a lot
2. Bannon accuses Defense of warmongering
3. Mattis takes Trump out of a second strike
But come on now this is like talking to the Sphinx about rowboats and chickens and foxes
That’s whole paragraphs, you’re welcome
It’s so sweet when you can just watch a writer developing a crush
Bannon and Priebus of course stay squeaky through this retelling
All I’m saying is I had one single really great, outstanding year and that one time LOLOLOLOLOLOL JESUS NO WHAT DO YOU EVEN DO WITH $12K IN A MONTH
I full-on made that monthly into a yearly and was about to apologize for the bad math
My brain 100% refused to process that wealth in a month
That’s basically it, not news except that he was apparently either willing to pay (or thought the taxpayer would cover) the legal bills so he could call and yell at people whenever he wanted, as he thinks that’s what lawyers are for
I had to sit down too
And Melania is way more into her kid than she is into her kid’s dad
I know, heartstopping news here
God bless that single #resistance person in the administration or else we’d really be fucked, stuck with a president that doesn’t understand anything but immediate gratification
Like in this book so far he’s insulted eight world powers and this is the kind retelling, so.
But we got him in the end right so let’s move on
Whole paragraphs about how the people felt *before* they learned
(Protip: it’s not legal to do illegal things)
He thinks everyone that wasn’t him ran the place wrong
Woodward just goes with this
Apparently the feds did a drill in the Ozarks because it’s topographically like North Korea
But they left their radios on a public channel
Let us wonder where that sourcing came from
Like here’s this woman just casually connecting the President with Zuckerberg!
I know, we’re all shocked
Lots of paragraphs on how they all justified not telling him no, so at least they’re redeemed to history
But just imagine that history *did* remember you and you went down as “that guy whose name I don’t remember that helped Trump on [insert issue]”
How utterly ending.
“Jared remained a mission Priebus failed to accomplish.”
America: just the greatest here
That dude married the Corps and right or wrong you do not tell fucking Mattis that he’s not clear on that Middle East thing generally
But one does not insult a Marine whether enlisted or officer, and specifically not a high-ranking one, and expect that one will not pay
Not in ranks, anyway.
Lemme tell you how many tenths of a breath Mattis had for him
I’m a journalist technically speaking
I cannot imagine getting this close to my subjects and not disclosing my biases
I do the kind of writing that straight reporters hate and think sullies their names and tbh I’d have understood if I knew this was the norm
Chapter 21 of Woodward’s new book begins on: An attorney for the United States Government, apropos of nothing, just recites Rob Porter’s CV highlights, no motive, all fine
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It’s chapter 25 we’re on
This is what happens on news days like today
Trump, on Twitter going to 280 characters: “It’s a good thing,” Trump said, “but it’s a bit of a shame because I was the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.”
They’re just people the Australian far right has determined aren’t wealthy enough to see Australia’s shores.
Someone self-immolated to bring attention to the plight of his fellow refugees. It’s like Guantanamo but on steroids and *eviler.*
My dude five seconds on the Google would have brought you articles from all over the world about these refugees, this wasn’t an obscure detail about that deal
They’re just people who tried to sail to Australia
This is the level we’re to now
Also Trump dislikes Sessions
Pick up later
I’ll link the top of the thread next, in case you need that
Most top advisors: Iran isn’t violating the deal
Bannon: why won’t Europe back sanctions then?
Trump: yeah, those guys suck and also the commander in Afghanistan isn’t a winner.
That’s really it.
He also thought it was worth saving the money we spend in Korea even though that’s nuclear detection. Because he’s got the policy chops of a toddler.
It’s positively Greek
“Most significant, however, were the private reactions from House Speaker Ryan and Senate majority leader McConnell. Both Republicans called some of the CEOs and privately praised them for standing up.”
But Woodward finds it significant that they called
They called privately
To say thanks for standing up publicly
What a shining example of bravery he has given us
So I guess there’s that?
He realized that, finally, after Charlottesville. So he seems smart.
In the tradition of concealing the...story in a memo, “Win is unattainable” was the conclusion signed by McMaster.”
“Trump liked signing. It meant he was doing things, and he had an up-and-down penmanship that looked authoritative in black Magic Marker.”
And then there’s: “Trump would not read, so Cohn brought charts to the Oval Office.
He had to be humiliated
“On Air Force One when tensions were ramping up, Trump said, in a rare moment of reflection, “This guy’s crazy. I really hope this doesn’t end up going to a bad place.”
Like what now
And then the rest of the chapter is the slow political suffocation of Kelly
But they passed it in the end.
“The president of the United States was practicing a scene out of Dr. Strangelove. The Internet lost its collective mind.”
How is it possible nobody has taken his phone away yet?
Trump was not pleased
LOLOLOL: “Graham felt it had been one of his best conversations with the president. He had done most of the talking.”
Oh holy fuck it’s a trash fire. As big as we feared.
Also, someone needs to take away that dude’s phone.
The people in the White House are basically fine with Trump except when he causes chaos and torpedoes their pet projects.
And that basically explains Republicans.