The State of the Union was Tuesday night.
My fair assessment is IF we were talking about anyone else: Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan…a Kardashian…the speech would have been poor.
For Trump, it was a triumph. However the bar for Trump is the time he tried to defend Nazis driving over a private citizen…so that’s a pretty low bar.
I am sure there will be many hot takes tomorrow assessing and reassessing his words. My assessment is Ralph from the Simpsons gave a speech and it was relatively embarrassing for anyone who can still feel shame.
So instead…I am using this time to highlight new Trump era literary efforts.
To me, Fire and Fury while dishy and most likely 85% true was poorly written. It was written in the vein of blogs and three minute Breibart editorials.
Luckily more books have dropped that are well written. FYI: well written doesn’t mean I completely agree with their position. I read everything not just work or works I agree with…being intelligent means existing outside of a vacuum.
1. Howard Kurtz
Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth
I just received this today and already read it once. It’s not favorable to Trump or the press. Even though, I suspect the author thought he was being favorable to the press which is sort humorous.
2. David Frum
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
This book is the most apocalyptic. I mean it reads like the Handmaid’s Tale. Unfortunately it’s the most honest.
It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
Be warned do not read this before bed. It is meant to be read during the daytime.
4. Newt Gingrich
In the interest of fairness, I will include one from a conservative source. Problem with this book is it’s a blatant money grab. I don’t think Gingrich understands Trump in the slightest but it’s great comedy relief.
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
I am not a fan of James Comey but I still want to read how his higher loyalty to the US got him fired by Trump but allowed him to sabotage Clinton.
Welcome to Wednesday!