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“Crazytown” takes Internet by storm after book details chaotic Trump White House

By Curtis Stone (People's Daily Online)    14:04, September 06, 2018

Fear: Trump in the White House,” the upcoming book about US President Donald Trump by Bob Woodward, one of reporters who broke the Watergate story, has made headlines for pulling back the curtain on a White House that appears to be having a straight-up meltdown.

The revelations in the book immediately sent the Internet into overdrive, and one line in particular has taken social media by storm.

According to US media reports, John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, is quoted in the book as saying: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown,” Kelly reportedly said in a meeting.

That led to a slew of “crazytown” tweets, including these:

Ed Hall, a political cartoonist, depicted a White House turned madhouse.

Nick Bryant, BBC’s New York correspondent, complained that a CNN graphic about Woodward’s book didn’t have enough room for “crazytown.”

As well as this:

And this:

And this:

Things are not all fun and games, at least for officials in Washington, DC. As CNN’s chief national security correspondent pointed out, Trump’s aides are so worried about the US president’s behavior that they’re literally stealing papers off his desk to “protect the country.”

In the prologue to Woodward’s book, obtained by The Atlantic, Gary Cohn, the former White House economic advisor, swiped a letter from the president’s desk terminating the free trade agreement with South Korea. Cohn considered it a danger to national security.

“I stole it off his desk,” Cohn reportedly said. “I wouldn’t let him see it. He’s never going to see that document. Got to protect the country.”

One day after excerpts from Woodward’s forthcoming book revealed details about the distrust within Trump’s inner circle and the chaos that consumes the White House, The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous “senior official,” who admitted that many of the senior officials “are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda.” The act of sabotage is being described by some as a “soft coup.”

What is clear from “crazytown” is that the White House is at war with itself, at least if Woodward’s book and The Times op-ed are to be believed, creating what the anonymous op-ed author describes as a “two-track presidency,” with the government running on one track and the US president running on the other.

That certainly seems to fit the definition of “crazytown.”

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