Trump’s Enemies: How The Deep State Is Undermining The Presidency, by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
If you want a pro-Trump account of the first couple years of his presidency written in such a way that it reads like the friendly analysis one can find on Trump Twitter, this book is definitely for you. It must say that this book didn’t strike me as being particularly informative in the sense of telling me what I didn’t already know, but someone who was not as well versed in the Twitterverse would likely find some of this information to be new and the interview with Trump that occurs towards the end of this book is funny and entirely in character. The authors have a philosophy that Trump should be left to be himself and that accounts for their benign view of his efforts to attack the bureaucrats of Washington DC and their respect for those who have the stomach for institutional warfare rather than simply getting along to get along. This view is not going to be universal, but as I encounter a fair amount of people online who I get along and generally agree with who espouse precisely this view, I have to say it is an easy one to appreciate for me at least.
This book is between 250 and 300 pages and is divided into eighteen chapters. The authors begin with a cast of characters which includes some humorous attempts at people trying to become president whose campaigns failed. The authors discuss the president (1), a dinner at Cambridge that started the phony Steele dossier (2) and the awkwardness of the handoff of the presidency (3). After that there is a discussion about the phoniness of the Steele dossier (4), the efforts of people to dig up dirt on the president (5), and the crossfire problems (6). There is a discussion of the abuse of surveillance when Obama’s team spied on the Trump campaign (7), the nature of fake support after the election (8) and the inside nature of the opposition to Trump within the bureaucracy (9). There is a look at the west wing (10), the discussion of Trump’s enemies in congress (11) and a discussion of the administrative state (12), after which there is an entertaining interview with the president that sounds exactly like a conversation one would have with him. After that there is a look at fake news (13), the coordination of leaks (14) and the Mueller report (15). The book then ends with a discussion of the IG report (16), pleas and verdicts (17) that don’t mean much, and then a discussion of Trump’s success against all odds (18), after which there is an accomplishment, acknowledgements, and some information about the authors.
What does it take to be Trump’s enemy. The authors make a pretty convincing case, admittedly easy because of my own first hand experience with the Left, that there are a great many people in the bureaucracy who think that they are better fit to decide what the United States should do than the president and who attempt to thwart the interests of the president. If Trump is definitely not a micromanager, it is clear that he was harmed by a great deal of people seeking to jump in on the chance for offices who did not in any way agree with the president’s program. And the authors point out, at least implicitly, that there are negatives to being an insurgent campaign that does not have a lot of understanding or a large infrastructure in that it is hard to vet enough people to have reliable folks in charge of cabinet positions or various offices and departments. This is something worth considering and pondering because there is a great deal of intrigue when it comes to dealing with the problem of trust. And trust is always a big problem, certainly in the Trump administration and in our world at large.