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Fire, Fury, and the Faculty of Donald Trump: What the latest White House exposé reveals about the attitude of the Trump presidency

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Filled with the personal accounts of White House aides, staff and sometimes Trump himself, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” provides an all-access pass to what Wolff calls “The most extraordinary political storm since Watergate.” Despite being referred to as the “Trump tell-all book,” Wolff exposes something much larger and more disturbing than Donald J. Trump – the political mentality and world that is “Trumpism”.

Philosophically, Trumpism is the establishment that’s anti-establishment. According to Wolff Trumpism, rooted in white nationalism and economic populism, blends anti-feminist and anti-Islam views with a love for military making for a dangerously destructive and surprisingly popular ideology.

Unlike his supporters, Trump has very few ideals of his own. He succeeds by telling certain factions of people exactly what they want to hear. Wolff opens the book by criticizing the president on his nihilist views, and states that his staff and colleagues view him as a backboneless toddler. Before running for president Trump was essentially apolitical. Wolff writes, “Trump was undisciplined, he had no capacity for any game plan. He could not be a part of any organization, nor was he likely to any program or principal.’’ In fact, Trump’s superficiality is what made him the perfect candidate for certain demographics.

As Wolff recounts the Trump administration’s road to the presidency there’s a name that keeps popping up- Bannon. Stephen K. Bannon, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, became Trump’s unlikely partner in crime while campaigning.While riding on the coattails of Trump’s fame, Bannon was pursuing his personal agenda. Bannon made the Trump campaign what it was, feeding Donald Trump information that was inflammatory enough to get everyone’s attention but not so aggressive that support would be lost. The longing for attention is what makes Trumpism.

Trumpism largely appeals to the white, lesser educated, middle-class citizens who live in rural areas. People in these demographics feel ignored in today’s society but they’re also the demographics that Trump made feel included. Trumpism represents the outsiders who want their voices heard, the outsiders who will say anything to get their voices heard.

Ahna, APP’s Visuals and Graphics Editor, is looking forward to her second year on the newspaper staff. Now in 10th grade, Ahna enjoys running on the Cross Country team in preparation for soccer season, creating art, and working in activism. Ahna’s preferred medium of art is digital production, with a focus on portraits and color editing. Ahna values animal welfare, and has volunteered with animal rescue organizations, and rescued her family’s dog. Ahna loves trying new things, avoiding squirrels, and showing off her amazing card tricks.

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