Choudhry: Fired up and Furious Over Trump Presidency Expose

Author of “Fire and Fury” Michael Wolff in 2013. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Eirik Solheim.

At midnight of January 5, there was a line outside of Kramerbooks, based in Washington, D.C., for a nonfiction book about the first year of President Trump’s term in office. The book was sold out in less than 20 minutes. As of this writing, it’s the number one bestseller on Amazon.

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, has been the talk of Washington for a couple of days now. Currently, in its second printing, the president has tweeted about it and everyone’s reading it – but why?

Let’s get into it.

On January 3, excerpts of Wolff’s book were published in New York Magazine and the Guardian, and while pundits quickly began sharing quotes and tidbits from both, it was the latter article that caught the attention of many.

Steve Bannon reportedly spoke about the current investigation into the supposed collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign prior to the election, and he called out Donald Trump, Jr. by name.

He described Don Jr.’s meeting with a group of Russian officials (reported here by the New York Times) as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” and claimed, “They’re gonna crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Though Bannon claimed to have Trump’s ear even after he left the White House last August, these quotes did not sit well with his former boss. That very day, the White House released an official statement from the President, denouncing their connection with Bannon.

“When he was fired,” part of the statement reads, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

People started talking about the book more, there was a slight buzz of excitement in many social circles in Washington D.C., but things really took a turn when an attorney representing the President sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff and his publisher, demanding that publication be halted.

The response? Wolff’s publisher, Henry Holt, released a statement through a spokeswoman announcing that they were pushing publication to Friday, January 5 – the next day.

Right after, Wolff tweeted:

The response to the response?

A late-night tweet by Trump:

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