Russ White: Nothing new in Fire and Fury

Russ White

Russ White

Last week, a new exposé on the Drumpf White House by writer Michael Wolff titled Fire and Fury hit the news. Excerpts I have seen, and the reviews I have read, lead me to believe the book is probably poorly written and edited.

There’s nothing new in Fire and Fury. A few details may be wrong, but the overall picture it paints doesn’t add anything that hasn’t been flagrantly obvious to anyone who is paying attention and isn’t intellectually compromised.

Wolff was granted surprising access to the West Wing of the White House for extended periods over the course of many months. He claims to have done more than 200 interviews of staff and White House principals, including the president himself. The quotes making the most waves came from the president’s ex-chief strategist Steve Bannon.

But, everything Bannon is reported to have said is already public knowledge. And, while clarifying his statements somewhat, he has not denied any of them.

He claimed the meeting with the Russian lawyers in Drumpf Tower was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” No kidding. Anyone with knowledge of the past 100 years of geopolitical history knows that.

Another Bannon gem was that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s takedown of the president and his crime syndicate is going to be for money laundering, not collusion. Duh! No kidding.

The former adviser is also not enamored of the Drumpf offspring, claiming that Mueller is going to “crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV” and Ivanka is “dumb as a brick.”

The White House has pushed back vehemently against the book, with the president’s legal team attempting to stop the publication with one of the president’s lame “cease and desist” lawsuit threats. In response, the publisher moved up the release date, and the book rocketed to the top of the best-seller charts in a couple of days, a jump of more than 40,000 places.

Fire and Fury was apparently rushed to publication. There are factual mistakes in the narratives, none of which bear on the legitimacy of the overall message of the tome. No one who is quoted in the book has come forward to deny any of the revelations contained in it.

The gist of the book is, Drumpf is a middle-school bully with the intellectual capacity, curiosity and attention span of a 5-year-old, and is mentally unfit to hold the office.

As I said, there’s no new information here.

— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to

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