Books About Donald J. Trump and Other Literary Legacies

BOOKS ABOUT DONALD J. TRUMP AND OTHER LITERARY LEGACIES

“A biography, is a detailed description of a person’s life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person’s experience of these life events,” Wikipedia

By T.K. McNeil

Write It All Down

Trump rarely reads and has been writing his memoir on his Twitter feed.

Trump rarely reads and is writing his memoir on his Twitter feed, 240 characters at a time

We live in an age of documentation. The word “biography” did not enter the English lexicon until relatively recently. We now have the ability to create personalized literature 240 characters at a time.  I’m sure a book about Donald Trump will someday be written based on his Twitter feed.  Before this age of technology however, a person had to be somewhat well-known  before anyone would think to write, or read, a book about them. One group that has almost always been in this category are U.S. presidents.

Once In The Ground

For much of American history, a president could count on being at least out of office before the ink began to fly. Some of the former leaders with the most pages dedicated to them being those who are long dead. Once in the ground, presidents become easy targets for writers and historians to delve into every aspect of their life and career from multiple angles. It’s always easier once someone is dead to dig about in their personal correspondence and investigate rumor and innuendo, and talk to people who shared time with the president.

Give It A Little Time

Before the 21st century most presidents were not written about until after death

Before the 21st century most presidents were not written about until after death

The explanation of course is due to the importance of each presidency to the history of the Republic and the politics of the time. Furthermore, once a president passes he is no longer available to explain himself and the effects of his actions are much more clear through the lens of time.

Paradigm Shift

In the early 1990’s, there was a bit of a shift in presidential biographies. The main outlets for written presidential accounts shifted from after-the-fact books and biographies to the minute-by-minute style of newspaper articles written as books at the time of their presidency. There have been many such books written about Donald J. Trump. Some writers are just trying to figure out what is going on, while others are tell-all’s by former insiders. One of the books written about Donald Trump, specifically his rise to power in 2016, actually being called, “How the Hell Did This Happen?” A bit more surprising is the fact that it was written by self-described “Republican” P. J. O’Rourke.

Actually Number One

There are so many books being written I have had to get an assistant reader

There are so many books being written about Trump I have had to get an assistant reader

For all Trump’s bluster about his achievements and profound faculties, many of them delusional, there is one area in which the current president holds the crown. There are more books about Donald Trump in the third year of his first term than any other living, let alone sitting president, in history.

Outlandish!

Sounds crazy. Donald J. Trump can barely be bothered to read; and writes mostly in 240 word tweets, often with childish spelling errors. Amazingly there have been more books written about Donald Trump than any other living president. Which is now down to Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. None of whom are, or should be, immune from criticism.

Sheer Volumes

First let’s set some limits and define some terms. The focus is on books about Donald J.Trump specifically. More than only his presidency, but his life, his business career or even his campaign were scrutinized and written about extensively and published between when he got into office and now. There have been at least 51 books published about the Trump presidency since May 2016. At least 60% of these books about Trump books come out in 2018. Astonishingly, that’s 2.5 books about Trump per month for a total of 30 new publications in 2018.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (With Nepotism)

The Trump clan are all about their brand

OPINION AND COMMENT:

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (With Nepotism)

By Ross Turner

In The Moment

Nepotism has found renewed vigor in the presidency of DJT

Nepotism has found renewed vigor in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Nepotism is having a moment right now.  Arguably, this moment never ended, but it has found renewed vigor in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.  Nepotism simply means favoritism towards relatives, usually expressed by their appointment to unearned positions.  The word stems from the Latin nepos, meaning nephew, which during the Middles Ages became nepotismo in Italian. Nepotismo referred to the tendency of Popes and bishops to assign relatives to positions of power.  Since they took vows of chastity and had no sons of their own, these assignments often fell to nephews.  The word may be medieval, but the practice is as old as mankind.  We are biologically hardwired to favor our kin over strangers, but this doesn’t mean that family is always fit for the job.

The Nepos Scale

Trump by hiring all his family has done a great disservice to the country

Trump by hiring all his family has done a great disservice to the country

History is rife with examples of nepotism that highlight its often disastrous consequences.  From the formation and collapse of the Roman Empire, to countless mad kings lording over the realms of Europe, much bloodshed and tumult has occurred as a result of incompetent kin who never should have held power in the first place. Nonetheless, families can’t seem to help themselves and keep on appointing each other to run their businesses and countries (into the ground.)  So, in the spirit of family, let us survey the Trump clan and see how far nepotism has taken them.  To assist in our appraisals, I’ve developed a highly scientific metric called the “Nepos Scale.”  Zero nepos is billing your toddler for diapers; five nepos is promoting your toddler to Director of Operations.

Ivanka Trump: The Golden Child

Ivank is without question the crown jewel

Ivanka is without question the crown jewel.

Ivana Marie “Ivanka” Trump is, without question, the crown jewel atop Trump’s golden mane of straw.  You can tell because, in addition to being named after his first wife, Trump claimed that “perhaps [he’d] be dating her” if she weren’t his daughter.  I’m no Freudian psychologist, but… yikes.  Moving right along, Ivanka, like her father, attended Wharton Business School where she, like her father, received a B.S. in economics.  Just a year later in 2005, she clawed her way up to an entry-level gig as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, as most college grads do.  However, in an effort to shed her image as merely the privileged offspring of her rich father, Ivanka thereafter spent many a hot summer personally working her lemonade stand in the Bronx, slowly accruing wealth.  Just kidding; she sold fine diamonds and gold jewelry in downtown Manhattan until dad decided to get into politics.

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Trump’s Cowardice vs McCain’s Heroism

 

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator. His father was an Admiral as was his grandfather.

Opinion and Comment

Trump’s Cowardice vs McCain’s Heroism

By David L. Shadrick

Personal Bias

I am living in a transitional housing unit for veterans.

I am living in a transitional housing unit for veterans

Please be warned of the following issues I harbor so you can remove my personal bias’ from the narrative.  I’m a Veteran living in transitional housing.  I work helping the homeless through legislation and litigation.  My focus is on the 85% of the homeless population who have a diagnosed mental illness.  I’m extremely annoyed a non-vet has the cojones to attack a vet, especially after his passing.

The Vietnam War

John McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War is well recorded.  Simply speaking, there were four major choices young men faced when their draft number came up.  Some of the men decided to go to Vietnam and serve their country.  Others moved to Canada, leaving behind their lives in protest.  Some took their chances in court and risked going to prison.  Finally there were those that received a deferment of some kind.

Serving Your Country Versus Deferment

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator

John McCain was an Annapolis grad and Navy aviator. Shot down over Hanoi. Wounded and imprisoned for five years by North Vietnamese.

Because this article is focused on Trump’s comments about Senator John McCain’s heroism, I’ll be brief. I’m only looking at serving your country or choosing a deferment.  While many people believe that Trump’s deferment was obtained illegally, I will not be addressing that issue.  It is also irrelevant to the issue at hand.

Off To War

An Annapolis grad and aviator, John McCain came from a long line of naval officers. McCain decided to serve his country and suffered one of the worst fates a service person can endure.  It is important to note here that the North Vietnamese had given McCain a get out of jail free card. McCain’s father was an Admiral and because of that rank, the younger McCain was offered a flight home. When he refused to leave his comrades he was literally subjected to five years of non-stop torture.  Just being able to survive this kind of torment, much less being able to thrive after it, is a tribute to McCain’s personal character and heroism.

Trump’s Choice

Meanwhile, President Trump received a medical deferment, the only choice that didn’t involve a sacrifice.   I have no problem with someone using this method to avoid serving in a war they didn’t support.  But I believe strongly that it disqualifies such a person criticizing someone who went; someone like John McCain.

Inappropriate and Disgraceful

Concentrating on Trump’s  comments about McCain’s heroism isn’t the point of this article.  There is no doubt that his continuing comments are inappropriate and disgraceful.  Trump says he “doesn’t like heroes who get captured.”  I don’t f*cking like civilians who think staying home was just as good as going to Vietnam. Or, challenging the validity of  Senator John McCain’s heroism.

Even Trump Supporters

The National Cemetery is filled with men and women who did not choose deferments, escapes to Canada or jail.

The National Cemetery is filled with men who did not chose deferments, escape to Canada or jail.

As I mentioned before,  I currently live in transitional housing.  I share an apartment building with about a hundred other veterans.  Let me assure you all of them are angry about Trump’s attacks on John McCain.  John McCain’s heroism is not Trump’s to question.  One of my friends is an ardent Trump supporter who always defends Trump, no matter what the position.  I announced to my friend that I was writing an article for www.calamitypolitics.com condemning Trump for his attacks on McCain. He agreed that such a response had to be written.

No Support

No matter what your political affiliations very few support attacks on a dead people, certainly not a man of Senator McCain’s stature. Hey, the man is dead and can’t punch back. Let him rest in peace. It leaves his still grieving widow and children to defend his legacy. Shameful, that the family had to fight back to have McCain’s heroism protected.  It just highlights Trump’s  fundamental weakness of character. A spineless man who fights imaginary wars is what we have in the White House.

GOP Backlash

Backlash over the attacks on McCain’s heroism were swift and harsh.  While one would expect that the Democrats would issue a harsh response  to Trump’s remarks, the condemnation from the right was swift and harsh as well.  Strange, Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends during his lifetime, exchanged a condemnation of Trump for an evening of champagne and cronyism at Mar-a-lago.

To quote the Business Insider

Here are some responses from prominent Republicans taken from an article by the Business Insider. (Full story here https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-senators-slam-trump-tirade-against-john-mccain-2019-3.

Senator Mitt Romney condemned President Trump's attacks on the dead Senator, John McCain.

Senator Mitt Romney condemned President Trump’s attacks on the dead Senator, John McCain.

“Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who is often critical of the president, condemned Trump’s comments on Twitter.

‘I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God,’ he wrote.

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who rarely criticizes Trump and avoids big headlines in the press, also spoke out against the president for his repeated attacks on McCain.  Isakson, who chairs the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, told The Bulwark, a conservative opinion website, that he intends to excoriate Trump in the same manner he did shortly after McCain’s death when the White House did not properly lower their flags to half-staff.

‘I want to do what I said that day on the floor of the senate,’ he said. ‘I just want to lay it on the line, that the country deserves better, the McCain family deserves better, I don’t care if he’s president of United States, owns all the real estate in New York, or is building the greatest immigration system in the world. Nothing is more important than the integrity of the country and those who fought and risked their lives for all of us.’

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson came out hard in response to Trump's attacks on McCain

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson came out hard in response to Trump’s attacks on McCain

During an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” later on Wednesday, Isakson called Trump’s comments ‘deplorable’. He suggested that type of comment did considerable damage to the way military veterans are treated.

‘It’s deplorable what he said,’ Isakson said. ‘It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out because there’s one thing that we got to do. You may not like immigration, you may not like this, that, maybe a Republican, maybe a Democrat. We’re all Americans.’

‘There aren’t Democrat casualties and Republican casualties on the battlefield. There are American casualties,’ he added. ‘And we should never reduce the service people give to this country, including the offering of their own life, even in political fodder in Washington, DC, or anywhere else for that matter.’

Send your complaint letters to the White House, Washington, DC

Send your complaint letters to Donald J. Trump the White House, Washington, D.C.

–  The Business Insider, March 20, 2019

Write The White House

Please take note of this disgraceful behavior from President Trump and speak up.  Just because you agree with his policies 99% of the time, please realize this time is the 1% of the time you need to disagree.  Write or e-mail the White House and demand an apology for his attacks on McCain’s heroism.