Poor Hope Hicks.
You could always walk away, you know.
I’m wondering if there will be anything left in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that hasn’t already been talked about in the media, at this point.
The book has received a lot of attention, most notably because of the comments of Steve Bannon that have so incensed the White House that Trump is threatening a lawsuit.
Then, there are other nuggets, like how neither Trump, nor any on his campaign team expected to win. He didn’t want to win. He just wanted to up his profile, in order to kick off a new TV network, TrumpTV (a rumor that had been out there since before the election).
Other bits told of how the general feeling of those working for him feel he’s incompetent and unprepared to handle the rigors of the presidency. The Trump White House is apparently one long fire brigade, continuously trying to put out those flames caused by a demented toddler, left alone with a lighter.
Then there’s this bit about Hope Hicks, the young communications director who has been with Trump since the beginning of the campaign.
Hicks worked public relations for Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand. Ivanka recommended her to her father at the beginning of his campaign, and she was his first campaign hire in 2015.
Some have described Trump’s treatment of 29-year old Hicks as almost “paternal” and protective in nature, but he has gone totally sideways in his treatment of her, as well.
For instance, there was his disrespectful comment, regarding her affair with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Yes – she’s one woman that allowed Lewandowski to touch her – on purpose.
Trump remarked in a meeting that she was the “best piece of tail” Lewandowski would ever get.
It was a comment that, according to Wolff’s book, sent Hicks running from the room.
Running from the room, but not from her employ with Trump’s team, which would have been a better choice.
Wolff’s book points out that family and friends of Hicks’ have begun to view her time with Trump as detrimental to her mental and emotional health.
“Following the Trump victory and her [Hope Hicks] move into the White House, her friends and intimates talked with great concern about what kind of therapies and recuperation she would need after her tenure was finally over,” an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book “Fire and Fury” stated, as reprinted in GQ.
Are we talking more of a cult deprogramming scenario, or some sort of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (my preferred therapeutic setting)?
“As the campaign progressed, moving from novelty project to political factor to juggernaut, Hicks’ family increasingly, and incredulously, viewed her as if having been taken captive,” Wolff wrote.
Now, I’ll go on and say that from excerpts, it’s hard to determine where Wolff got his knowledge of how Hicks’ family and friends are viewing her mental state. I’ll just say that there have been more than a few anecdotal references to Trump’s mercurial moods. The notion that she could have found herself in the line of his fire at some point isn’t far-fetched.
“On more than one occasion, after a day – one of the countless days – of particularly bad notices, the president greeted her, affectionately, with ‘You must be the world’s worst PR person,'” the same excerpt stated.
There isn’t a PR person in the world who could paint over the dirt Trump routinely scatters with his manic tweets and public flameouts.
I’m going to guess that Wolff’s book will pale in comparison to some of the books that are released in the near-future by all the former Trump team members.