Donald Trump has at least one thing in common with the over 65 million people who voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in November 2016: he didn’t want himself to win the presidency.
According to an article in New York Magazine, an excerpt from the upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, Trump had no expectation of winning his presidential bid. His eventual surprise victory was a worst-case scenario for the Don, and led to an unhappy White House life.
Here are a few big takeaways from the story.
Trump didn’t understand why people would give his failing campaign cash.
Trump understood “how crappy” his own campaign was and “how everybody involved in it was a loser.” That’s why he was unsure why billionaire Robert Mercer would offer his campaign $5 million, which he ended up taking. He told Mercer of his campaign: “This thing is so fucked up.”
Someone was sent in to teach Trump about the Constitution.
Our current POTUS knows alarmingly little about the US Constitution. Early in the campaign, Republican analyst Sam Nunberg was sent in to teach Trump about the US Constitution.
“I got as far as the Fourth Amendment,” Nunberg said, “before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”
Trump didn’t know who John Boehner, speaker of the house, was.
When looking to fill the role of chief of staff, Roger Ailes suggested Trump hire former house speaker John Boehner.
Trump’s response: “Who’s that?”
Ann Coulter had to be Trump’s voice of reason!
Sad and single Ann Coulter acted as Trump’s voice of reason when it came to whether or not to hire married couple Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
“Nobody is apparently telling you this,” Coulter told him. “But you can’t. You just can’t hire your children.”
Murdoch called Trump a “fucking idiot.”
Trump tried to recall a meeting with Silicon Valley honchos to media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
“These guys really need my help,” Trump told Murdoch. “Obama was not very favorable to them, too much regulation. This is really an opportunity for me to help them.”
“Donald,” Murdoch responded, “for eight years these guys had Obama in their pocket. They practically ran the administration. They don’t need your help.”
After Trump contradicted his own anti-immigration stance by advocating for more H-1B visas, Murdoch called him a “fucking idiot.”
Steve Bannon doesn’t think Trump is smart, either.
When asked whether Trump gets that he’s a figurehead for an anti-immigrant movement, Bannon said, “He gets what he gets.”
Trump hated his inauguration, too.
According to Wolff, Trump “did not enjoy his own inauguration.”
“He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears. Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry and pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed.”
Ivanka wants to run for president.
The Trump family may be looking to make a political dynasty. According to Wolff, Ivanka Trump took the job as an adviser in a White House, along with her husband Jared Kushner, to position herself for a future presidential run.
“If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president,” Wolff wrote. “The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.”