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Trump keeps busy over winter break

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 08:00 pm

It’s never a quiet day in the Trump Administration. Since the last issue of The Stylus, President Donald Trump has been on such a roll that the headlines don’t even seem real anymore. Over the past month, author Michael Wolff released his book about Trump’s White House, an interview with Stormy Daniels was released, which details her sexual relationship with Trump, and Trump made his most racist comments to date.

Wolff released “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” on January 5, four days earlier than its intended release. Wolff pushed the release up due to “unprecedented demand,” according to the publishing agency, Henry Holt and Company. The book details the White House under Trump and depicts it in an incredibly negative light. The book details the administration from the campaign to the first days in the White House.

Wolff’s claims are outlandish, but not necessarily unbelievable. The book says that nobody in the Trump administration expected to win the election and that Donald himself didn’t want to win. Wolff goes on to quote Donald Trump Jr., who said his father looked like he had seen a ghost when he won.

It’s not a surprise that Donald Trump didn’t expect or want to win the presidency. If Wolff’s claim is true, it explains a whole lot. Trump basically threw himself around the campaign trail with the least care for anything going wrong. He didn’t have any kind of moral compass or obligation, he was just there to get popular and feather his nest. Winning was a nightmare scenario.

Yet, Wolff has been disputed on many of his claims. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s spokeswoman, called the book “some trash” and “tabloid gossip.” It was loved by the media for a single week, until Stormy Daniels brought the hurricane.

Trump had an affair with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford in 2006. In January, the Wall Street Journal learned that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Clifford, who uses Stormy Daniels as a stage name, $130,000 to not talk about her relationship with then-Presidential candidate Trump in October 2016. However, Clifford had talked to In Touch, a tabloid publication, in 2011 about the encounter. 

Clifford met Trump in 2006 at a golf tournament at one of his resorts. The affair itself was rather boring, but the timing is truly incredible. Barron Trump, the President’s youngest son, was just months old when the affair began. Trump had been married to Melania, his third wife, for less than two years. 

In Clifford’s interview, she painted a picture of a Trump we’ve all seen. He bragged about himself and his daughter, although Clifford doesn’t specify which one. He liked to watch TV and even promised Clifford a spot on “The Apprentice”. It’s truly incredible how people can stay the same way for years. This news was overlooked just a week later, when Trump crossed the line entirely.

At a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, Trump rejected the idea of proposed immigration reform that would include protection for immigrants from nations like Haiti. Trump questioned why he should make an acception for “shithole countries” rather than places like Norway. The comment left everyone in the room shocked.

It’s no secret that Trump is racist. He’s juggled the typical racist jargon and accepted support from groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Alt-Right. It’s when he makes comments like these that the realization comes to the forefront. Trump is the leader of the free world and him making comments that are racist and hate filled is the worst reflection on the world that can be imagined.

It’s been an insane month. Trump has stirred up a whole bunch of controversy, not to mention the government shut down and his Fake News Awards. The president continues to amaze me every single day with how far he’s willing to go to protect hatred and promote the status quo.