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That was the trouble-free outcome they awaited on November 8, 2016. Losing would work out for everybody.
Shorty after eight o’clock that evening, when the unexpected trend – Trump might actually win – seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he called him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania, to whom Donald Trump had made his solemn guarantee, was in tears – and not of joy.
There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a quite horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be and was wholly capable of being the president of the United States.

   


Jared and Ivanka had made an earnest deal between themselves: if sometime in the future the time came, she’d be the one to run for president (or the first one of them to take the shot). The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton, it would be Ivanka Trump.
   


She treated her father with some lightness, even irony, and in at least one television interview she made fun of his comb-over. 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. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men – the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.
   


« The president fundamentally wants to be liked » was Katie Walsh’s analysis. « He just fundamentally needs to be liked so badly that it’s always... everything is a struggle for him. »
   

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Way too soon
By Jack Anderson on March 26, 2020
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I remember reading a couple of paragraphs from the book just before it was released in the New Yorker. The content seemed explosive. The description of the moment Trump and his staff and family realized that he might win the election after all was really jaw-dropping. So I jumped on the book when it was released, only to discover that the book had clearly been written way too soon. I don’t like books released in the middle of a mandate. This feels to me like an attempt to tell a story that has not been told yet.
Therefore, the book tries to do its best but will never mention the COVID crisis and how Trump reacted to the biggest economic threat in History. The book just tells half a mandate and I believe this a half success, or half failure, depending on how you want to see it.
It’s not exciting and, actually, rather boring.

VERDICT
I give it 3 out of 10. Bad. One interesting chapter (the election day) and that’s it. You cannot tell the story before it happened.




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