Some readers may have heard of the extraordinary new book by the journalist and author, Michael Wolff, detailing his inside access to the factional chaos which characterises the presidency of Donald J Trump. The publication, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has been making all sorts of headlines and it is easy to see why. To get a taster of the account, I’d recommend these four articles.
One of the more extraordinary aspects of the whole affair is the emergence of Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor and alt-right propagandist, as a sort of anti-hero in the White House saga. Albeit a ruthlessly ambitious and ideologically committed one. The ex-banker was a very early critic of the Trump children, their partners and friends, particularly in their “treasonous” dealings with the Russian Federation. Indeed, the conservative strategist predicted as far back as March 2017 that the president’s avaricious offspring would serve as the catalysts for his premature downfall. Nearly a year later, that claim seems to have been an especially sagacious one. Bannon may be out of the administration, and his political star is on the wane, however he may prove to be more dangerous to the longevity of Trumpism than any of the movement’s more vocal liberal critics.