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Opinion: Why this Woodward book is devastating to Trump

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

"Rage" may be Bob Woodward's most important book since "All the President's Men," in which he and Carl Bernstein laid out the history of Watergate.

President Donald Trump gave 18 on-the-record interviews for "Rage. " Woodward recorded almost all of them.

In "Rage" Woodward records a number of untethered-from-reality Trumpian claims such as that he has "done more for the Black community than any other president than Abraham Lincoln. " Woodward noted to Trump that it was Lyndon Johnson who had pushed through the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that had, you know, prohibited employment discrimination on the grounds of race and had mandated additional school desegregation.

The same hubris that led Trump to believe that Woodward would surely adopt a Trumpian view of the world if only he spent enough time interviewing the Great Leader --who has, for instance, done so much for Black Americans that their unemployment rate is now 13%--the President also applied to his delusional relationship with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, who Trump believed would surely give up his nuclear weapons by dint of his own personal presidential persuasion.

Woodward devotes a considerable number of pages to unpacking this particular fantasy since the White House gave him access to 27 of what Trump has described as "love letters" between Trump and Kim. Woodward writes that the tone of the letters is indeed akin to that between "suitors. " As is well known, Trump met with Kim three times in Singapore, Hanoi and at the DMZ between North and South Korea, but just like several US presidents before him Trump has not succeeded in getting North Korea to dismantle or even dial back its nuclear program.

This raises a question: If Coats, Mattis and Tillerson all feel this way, why did they never band together, since by the account of Woodward's book they all have a good relationship, and tell the public what they know about working for this President?

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