WHITE HOUSE author Michael Wolff compared Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge he lost the 2020 presidential election to a “dying patient” unwilling to hear his prognosis.
Wolff, who has written two books about Trump’s presidency, wrote on Monday that the current commander in chief only hears what he wants to.
Donald Trump is a ‘dying patient’ who’s not ready to hear his prognosis, author Michael Wolff said[/caption]
The author said Trump only hears what he’s ‘willing to hear’ instead of facing reality[/caption]
“There is no real question in anyone’s mind about whether he’s lost the presidency — he has; it’s done. But the issue is about what he’s capable of hearing, or willing to hear,” he wrote for the Daily Mail.
“In one sense, he’s a dying patient, but he’s not ready to hear the prognosis.”
The author went on to describe Trump as an “actor” surrounded by yes-men like his family and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani who tell him “what he has to hear.”
“The people closest to him understand that he is fundamentally an actor, and their job is to pump him up so he can continue to give his best, crowd-pleasing performance,” he wrote.
“They are accustomed to the rage, and understand that their job, and their only real option, is to figure out how to soothe it.”
Wolff then went on to say that Trump’s “destructive behavior” effectively ruined his campaign in some ways, but has boosted his profile in others.
He pointed to the 71million people who voted for him in the 2020 election as evidence that this kind of “dedication and fervor” is indicative of Trump’s accomplishments in office.
Wolff is best known for writing the 2018 book Fire and Fury and its 2019 sequel Siege, both about Trump’s presidency[/caption]
‘The people closest to him understand that he is fundamentally an actor,’ Wolff said of the president[/caption]
The USA Today columnist said Trump’s tactic of choice is to claim victory and insist that the opposite of reality is true[/caption]
“People follow Donald Trump like they do an athlete who, by skill or magic, always wins,” he said.
The president’s tactic of choice? Claim victory and insist that the opposite is true, something that White House aides are now trying to do as they frantically search for evidence to back Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of a “stolen” election.
“In the face of the obvious, you insist that in fact the opposite is true. And you keep on insisting: you can never insist too much,” wrote Wolff.
“Right now, every person in the White House is trying to find any detail, no matter how small and dubious, to indicate election fraud.”
Wolff warned that Trump will wield his power by punishing “those whose loyalty was in doubt,” like Dr Anthony Fauci while pardoning the “long list of loyal miscreants attached to his coat-tails.”
Wolff warned that Trump will wield his power by punishing ‘those whose loyalty was in doubt’ like Dr Anthony Fauci[/caption]
‘In the face of the obvious, you insist that in fact the opposite is true,’ Wolff said of Trump’s political strategy[/caption]
Trump ‘is enabled by the people around him who have no other opportunities beyond working for Donald Trump,’ Wolff said[/caption]
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He theorized that Trump might even pardon himself as part of his political strategy to counterpunch his enemies with the help of his enablers.
“He is enabled by the people around him who have really no other opportunities beyond working for Donald Trump,” Wolff said.
“So, despite his election loss, and despite this unprecedented refusal to admit defeat, they must now motivate their prizefighter to get up again.”