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Sinking in the Swamp

An extended profile of the numerous, eclectic grifters surrounding President Donald Trump

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"Another Shitstorm in Fucktown": That's the name of the first chapter of Sinking in the Swamp, an extended profile of the numerous, eclectic grifters surrounding President Donald Trump. Given their gonzo style, the book's authors—Daily Beast White House reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, two close friends of mine—clearly would have preferred the more profane but less marketable title of that chapter to adorn the book's cover.

Sinking separates itself from a pack of recent Trump administration tell-alls by homing in on the D-list celebrities who latched on to the former reality TV star. The White House is no longer the seat of power, in Markay and Suebsaeng's telling: That designation has moved six blocks east to the Trump International Hotel, where the pair successfully enmeshed themselves in Trump's outer orbit by occupying the lobby bar and regularly grabbing drinks with the president's sycophants.

The book sheds light on some significant characters whose names don't always make front page news. "Gabe," for instance, is Trump's most-trusted teleprompter operator, a man who intuitively knows when to fast forward or rewind the president's prepared script. (He warms up for the job by playing Candy Crush.) Then there's former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, described by the authors as "the single most dishonest person" in Trump's world—and they have receipts to prove it.

It would be impossible to come away from this book believing that Trump has "drained the swamp," as he promised on the campaign trail. On the contrary, the president has attracted a coterie of charlatans to splash around in the mud.

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  1. Ok, the comments are sure to be colorful here.

    Grabs some Popcorn

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  2. Wow, that’s some hard work for a story. Sitting in a bar
    looking for gossip? The TDS has really hit the bottom.

  3. I will go way our on a limb here and question how what’s described in this book is any different from what could have been observed surrounding the administrations of every other president in the past 100+ years.

    Scratch that. The Teapot Dome scandal came out closer to 150 years ago. It’s likely there was plenty of corruption in presidential politics even before that, but it wasn’t made public.

    If these two writers are so naive as to think only the hangers on near Trump are garbage people, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell them for a very fair price.

    1. Teapot Dome was during Harding, 1921-1923.

      1. Fuck off SQRLSY.

        Why do you bother socking when everyone already knows it’s you shiteater?

        You said it was “dalai llama” ahahahahaja

    2. Your last sentence betrays your own TDS. The review doesn’t claim Trump is unique, and I bet the book doesn’t either. I’d also bet each administration has 90% common corrupt figures, allowing for the usual retirements and job changes. DC is a swamp, so is every state capitol, every county seat, every city.

      This book sounds like every other book on every other political administration. The only thing unique to Trump is that it concerns this particular administration.

      1. Fuck off SQRLSY.

        Why do you bother socking when everyone already knows it’s you shiteater?

        You said it was “dalai llama” ahahahahaja

      2. Your last sentence betrays your own TDS

        your sentences betray that you’re Hihn

  4. The Grifter-In-Chief was always New York’s latest Boss Tweed while his yahoo/hick fan base thought of him as Winston Churchill. Never have so many been grifted while never realizing it as $3.7 trillion deficits pile up.

    Taxpayers are getting looted while the money flows out of Tammany Hall Trump Tower.

    1. Ahahahah Obama has been credibly implicated in framing Flynn, thats why you’re here a
      shitting up comments with your pedophile ass ahahahahahah

      You lost bitch hhahahhaahahah

      1. Flynn is just one of the criminal cabal that surround The Dotard. Roger Stone, Manafort, Cohen, Wilbur Ross, and dozens of other miscreants are just a few names that come to mind – including Trump’s old running buddy Jeffrey Epstein.

        How much of that $3.7 trillion are you getting?

        1. Trump – exonerated
          Flynn – exonerated

          screech – still a diddler

          1. Exonerated? Sure, in the same way Stalin was exonerated. Trump and his statist cronies really have no shame.

            1. Cry more about them being exonerated lololol

    2. Wake up, buddy. They have all been grifters-in-chief. Nice, honest people don’t enter politics. Or, the few that do get disillusioned long before they even start to rise in local politics, much less national.

      And when we’re talking about a President, be be a loudmouth buffoon or a silver-tongued baby drone murderer, or any other Oval Office occupant, the power they have amassed attracts lesser shitstains to surround them like a huge steaming pile of manure attracts flies.

      1. Good summary of our Pussy Grabber in Chief, AKA Grifter in Chief, is to be found here:

        http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/donald-trump-scandals/474726/

        “The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet”

        Yes, we’ve had many “Dear Leaders”… Some (like The Donald) are worse than others, though!

        1. Lololo you’re still upset Flynn was innocent and that I outed your sockpuppets shiteater ahhahaahhaah

          “dalai llama” you said lololol

          1. Still no periods, I see! When is the baby due?

            I can’t imagine anyone sticking it in your crazy, though! What did you do, steal sperm from the sperm bank?

            1. Ah you’re still doing the gross misogynist thing shiteater.

              Ahahha “dalai llama” aahahaja

          2. He pleaded guilty, then got a corrupt President and AG to get him off. That doesn’t make Flynn innocent, it means we no longer live in a country where Rule of Law matters.

            1. AHAHAHAHAH you arent even informed enough to know your narrative fell apart screech hahahhahah

            2. Why do you people keep acting like a confession the FBI admitted was obtained through coercion supports your argument?

  5. “Asawin Suebsaeng”

    So, it’s juat a coincidence that you’re pimping this nobody’s book right?

    There are no other relationships in play right?

    1. reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, two close friends of mine

      Direct quote from the article (emphasis mine)

      1. Nope, try again.

  6. SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities arrested a white father and son Thursday and charged them with murder in the February shooting death of a black man they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood.

    DON’T WORRY BOYS! TRUMP GOT YOUR PARDON ON THE WAY!

    1. “Who needs a pardon when you’re innocent” – Flynn, post exoneration

      1. AHAHAHAAH HE’S SO UPSET HE CAN’T EVEN MUSTER HIS NORMAL CUNTY RESPONSES AHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH OMFG FLYNN BROKE HIM AHAHAHAAHHAAHAHA

    2. Try to read your own quote. Georgia authorities means no federal charges, which means no federal pardon.

      1. Screech is stupid, it’s one of the many reasons we mock him

  7. “Nobody knew healthcare building a wall locking her up making great deals picking the best people paying off the national debt bringing our troops home draining the swamp could be so complicated.”

    You know, it’s almost like Trump had no idea what he was getting into, as if he thought he was running for Starfleet Commander where he could just sit in his chair like Picard and hand-wave a “Make it so” and things would get done. Like he didn’t know that just because you beat your opponents in an election, your opponents don’t just go away. Everything gets complicated when everybody’s working against you and everybody’s doing their damnedest to make sure you fail. Sure, they all rolled over for Obama and championed him having his way with Congress, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law, but that was because he was Black Jesus, not because he was President and you didn’t inherit Obama’s droit de seignoir.

    1. Like he didn’t know that just because you beat your opponents in an election, your opponents don’t just go away.

      I don’t know why this bothers everyone. Probably 80% of what Trump would do if he had free rein would be net negative. The problem is when Democrats are in power and actually have free rein while 99% of their actions are net negative.

      Gridlock is our best possible outcome, but somehow while it’s happening people convince themselves it’s a problem.

      1. People convince themselves it’s a problem because they all worship at the altar of Top Men, they just disagree on the particular church.

  8. An extended profile of the numerous, eclectic grifters surrounding President Donald Trump

    The differences between these people and the Biden Family:

    (1) Three zeros.
    (2) R – D.

    1. The difference between these people and the book authors. Trump has been a godsend for the media, it’s really a sick and twisted codependent relationship but it’s the rest of us who have to suffer the unhealthy effects.

  9. “…Given their gonzo style, the book’s authors—Daily Beast White House reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, two close friends of mine—”

    This explains a lot.

  10. “homing in on the D-list celebrities who latched on to the former reality TV star. ”
    i.e.,
    “The nerve of those peasants, thinking that winning an election entitles them to come to the Imperial Metropolis! They’re gonna get that Walmart smell all over *our* city!”

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