Saturday 19 January 2019

Politics? Just enjoy best of Trump comedy

Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

I've always believed that politics is too important to take seriously. In other words, it's best to take a sideways view of things because if you were to look it straight in the eye, you'd completely lose your mind.

That's why the whole partisan nature of the Trump regime has been such a source of comedy gold. And holy crap, did it get even funnier this week.

Michael Wolff (pictured) is an American journalist whose reputation is, shall we say, rather suspect. He has been busted on several occasions for either falsifying or egging quotes and even his friends admit that he fails to meet the criteria of 'reliable narrator'.

But goddamn, his new book sounds hilarious.

Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House appears to be an utterly scurrilous, less than factually rigorous but utterly riveting insight into the White House, the one place in real life where you could argue that the inmates really have taken over the asylum - and I say that as someone who would have voted for him over his awful rival.

When the first morsels of juicy gossip started to leak out on Wednesday morning even those of us who feel jaded and punch drunk after 12 months of writing about little else but this truly weird geezer begged for more.

The idea of Trump being completely freaked by his victory ('he looked like he'd seen a ghost') certainly tallies with some of the rumours of the time. These claimed that he was only running out of a combination of spite and personal brand-building.

Similarly, it doesn't take a huge leap of the imagination to visualise Melania Trump in floods of tears when her husband won ('but not tears of joy').

The whole thing has a touch of Arrested Development about it, where through a series of ever-escalating dares, Trump found himself becoming the reluctant president. I don't care what side of the aisle you're on, if you didn't burst out laughing at the idea of the inauguration consisting of Trump wandering around and muttering 'I've made a terrible mistake' while his missus bawled her eyes out because she never wanted to be First Lady then you have no soul.

At this stage, I reckon we should forget the partisan point-scoring and all join together - with the beer and popcorn - to watch the greatest show on earth.

This is only gossip, but it's weapons-grade gossip that reads like a draft from a comedy.

In the meantime, Trump's supposedly psychotic taunting of Kim Jong-un?

Well, North Korea reached out to its southern neighbours this week and asked for the hotline to be reopened, which is a massive story and a victory for Trump.

But let's focus on the gossip instead, eh?

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