Donald Trump has been the subject of many “tell-all” books during his tumultuous career, including several written about his own chaotic White House. And according to a new report in The Daily Beast, for some time he has been planning to write one of his own.
Of course Donald Trump thinks his book will be the best one of all, with the juiciest details and the biggest sales ever.
It’s not surprising given what we know of Donald Trump’s mindset that he would be looking for ways to settle scores with his political enemies and adversaries. And what better way to do that than to expose their dirtiest secrets in his memoirs?
The Daily Beast report says that Trump has been talking getting even with his enemies since the middle of 2017 during his first year in office. He wants to both settle scores and make the New York Times bestseller list with a blockbuster presidential memoir that would put all others to shame.
“He sounded excited about it,” said one confidential soure who heard the president talking about writing a book. “He said it would sell better than even ‘The Art of the Deal.’”
Another close associate of the president reported that he has often talked about seeking revenge by writing a tell-all book which lays bare the most embarrassing secrets of his enemies.
Included in the Trump enemy list for his book would be people in the “fake news media,” leading members of the Democratic Party, Republicans who have been disloyal, members of the FBI and Justice Department who didn’t plead fealty to him, and even members of his own administration who turned against him.
According to the report, Trump has often pointed out details that “would go great in a book.” One former White House official said the president occasionally “joked about publishing a juicy book.” And he has been publicly hinted about it for quite a while.
“I think I’ll save it for a book like everybody else, and I’ll write it,” the Trump said during an October news conference, during which he claimed to have details about sexual misconduct by lawmakers. “I’m not giving it to you,” he told reporters.
Past presidents have written books about their time in office, and have received large amounts of money for doing so.
Publishing industry insiders also worry that Trump would be a nightmare to promote, because he would ruin the rollout of the book by revealing in advance exclusive information it contains.
“I don’t think he’d be able to keep his mouth shut to have the revelations land at the right moment,” one top publishing source said. “But I do think he’d be able to get his supporters to buy it as merchandise.”
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