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New book on Trump reveals an administration built on a desperate delusion

Eugene Robinson on

An excerpt of Wolff's book published by New York magazine opens on the day of the election, with senior officials of the Trump campaign -- including campaign manager Kellyanne Conway -- preparing for what looked like certain defeat. Around 8 p.m. Eastern, however, it became clear that Trump might actually win. Wolff writes that Donald Jr. "told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost."

Wolff writes that Melania Trump "was in tears -- and not of joy." The first lady's office issued a statement Wednesday maintaining that she was in fact happy when her husband won the presidency.

About the president, Wolff writes: "There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon's not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States."

But he is not capable. This whole administration is based on a desperate delusion.

On Tuesday, the president of the United States taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has a nuclear arsenal: "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

 

You can decide whether to laugh or cry. Or perhaps scream.

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Eugene Robinson's email address is eugenerobinson@washpost.com.

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