Corey Lewandowski's Book Describes The 2016 Trump Campaign With All The Juicy Details
Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former aide David Bossie have co-authored a book about the Trump campaign, and so far, people are finding the insights into the hectic campaign to be unsurprising, but wholly entertaining. The book, Let Trump Be Trump, reveals the president's penchant for fast food and screaming fits, but leaves out any mention of potential collusion with Russia.
The book, to be released Tuesday, describes the president's love of fast food in great detail. According to The Washington Post, which obtained an advanced copy of the tell-all, a typical dinner for Trump on the campaign trail consisted of "two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted."
On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.
Lewandowski and Bossie also said Trump's plane was always stocked with snack items like Vienna Fingers and potato chips, as well as Oreos.
But there are also the episodes in the book that offer insight into the president's temperament. The authors explained that "everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place," describing angry outbursts that highlight the now-president's fragile ego, as well as his short fuse.
His wrath is never intended as any personal offense, but sometimes it can be hard not to take it that way. The mode that he switches into when things aren't going his way can feel like an all-out assault; it'd break most hardened men and women into little pieces.
According to Lewandowski and Bossie, Trump lost his temper over everything from unsolicited advice given by campaign aides to hiccups in the campaign schedule. Lewandowski writes that at one point, a staffer was left at McDonald's at Trump's behest because the staffer's order was taking too long.
Hope Hicks, who was brought on as campaign spokeswoman, was regularly asked to steam the president's pants while he was wearing them. One day, when she forgot the steamer, Trump reportedly shouted at her, "God dammit, Hope! How the hell could you forget the machine?"
There are also tidbits that speak to recent reports about Trump's alleged denial of the Access Hollywood tape's authenticity. The tape is the one in which Trump was famously caught saying:
I just start kissing them, it's like a magnet, just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.
Let Trump Be Trump notes that when the bombshell tape was released, Trump looked at the transcript and told aides, "that doesn't sound like something I would say." But on Meet The Press on Sunday morning, Bossie asserted that the voice featured in the video is clearly Trump.
However, one thing that Lewandowski and Bossie's book doesn't appear to address is the alleged role of Russian collusion in the 2016 election. During their Meet The Press interview, Chuck Todd asked Bossie and Lewandowski if they purposefully left out references to Michael Flynn — who recently pled guilty to lying to the FBI — in the book. Lewandowski deflected the question, saying that the "ancillary players" of the campaign are not mentioned in the book because "the person who was the most important factor in the presidential election is the man who's the president of the United States."
When asked by Todd whether the aides ever saw evidence of Russian contacts between the campaign, Bossie only said that he hasn't seen one "scintilla of evidence" pointing to collusion.
Still, there are certainly parts of the book that feel familiar for anyone who has followed stories about the president's everyday habits and particularities. Trump's television-watching habits have been well documented. As Vanity Fair reported back in January, Trump pays close attention to television ratings, and often gets his news from shows like The O'Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends.
The now-president's fixation on television is also evident in Bossie and Lewandowski's book. In one instance, Trump is described as screaming at former campaign chairman Paul Manafort when Manafort suggested that Trump stop appearing on the Sunday shows:
Did you say I shouldn't be on TV on Sunday? I'll go on TV anytime I g**dam f***ing want and you won't say another f***ing word about me!
Most of the characters that color Let Trump Be Trump have since been booted from the president's team. Corey Lewandowski was fired in July 2016, while Paul Manafort quit last August following rumors about his business connection with a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine — he has since been charged with tax fraud and money-laundering.
And though Trump makes less appearances on Sunday television shows than he did as a presidential candidate, he can count on the fact that he enjoys constant access to an audience of millions through Twitter.