Tweets About 'Fire & Fury' Target Trump & They're Painful
Michael Wolff's bombshell book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has been out for less than a day, and the nation is already blowing up about it. Even just looking at the tweets about Fire and Fury give a great look into the psyche of a country that is polarized in so many ways, yet united in one important one: Everyone is rushing to buy this book.
Several excerpts from the book were released in the last week, already offering numerous revelations about life in the Trump White House and piquing everyone's interest about it. Then, to make things even better for Wolff and publisher Henry Holt and Company, the White House attempted to stop its publication by sending a cease and desist letter to the publisher. That, Wolff said, would only serve to boost his sales. And boy, has Wolff ever been right. Only a day in, the book has already hit No. 1 on Amazon.
Prominent tweets about Fire and Fury reveal that different people are reacting to it, predictably, in markedly different ways. Trump's opponents question how Trump's enablers have allowed his presidency to progress this far. Wolff's detractors question his sources and his methods. But no matter the take, everyone's talking about it.
Some commentators even felt that, at only a year into the Trump administration, this book is already a long time coming.
Others moved to focus on the Republican Party and Trump's loyal base, and what they've done to let all of this happen.
Still others focused on Wolff rather than Trump, sometimes in terms that can be taken as complimentary — at least in a way. (Wolff's work as a writer and columnist has been criticized in the past for not adhering to strict journalistic standards; in 2004, a New Republic article pointed out that "the scenes in his columns aren't recreated so much as created—springing from Wolff's imagination rather than from actual knowledge of events.")
Some even took the opportunity to make a Hillary Clinton-related jab at the president, the real joke perhaps being that more than one year after winning the election, Trump still brings up his former opponent and wonders why she doesn't get the same scrutiny as he, the president of the United States, does.
There's essentially only one aspect where there's complete agreement: This book is taking the nation by storm in a way that printed words on a page haven't done pretty much since the last Harry Potter came out over a decade ago. In fact, some journalists who gathered to cover the earlier midnight release of Fire and Fury at a bookstore in Washington, D.C., compared the long lines to that at a Harry Potter book release.
Those eager to read the tome also noted on Twitter that they hadn't felt this excited to read a book since Harry Potter.
Since Trump made his escalator descent to announce he was running for president back in 2015, the former reality TV star has been dominating not just the news cycle but American culture itself. Critics have pointed to his freewheeling use of Twitter (targeting the media, insulting foreign leaders, announcing policy decisions) and his unconventional leadership style as examples of how damaging his presidency could be — and already has been — both to the office and to the country in general.
Trump's efforts to stop this book from being released have not only backfired, given the publisher's decision to move up the release date; it may just make Fire and Fury a national, if not global bestseller — and many noted on Twitter that that very well may be the case.
Some saw "poetic justice" in Trump being brought down by a book, given reports about his distaste for reading.
Whatever consequences this book will bring for Trump and his family, one thing's for sure: This book is on everybody's lips, and even in this hectic news cycle, expect it to remain that way for at least the next week.