A year into the Trump administration, Americans have a pretty good idea what the president has been watching on TV during his time in office, largely thanks to his active Twitter feed.
But if you look closely, Twitter gives us a sense of what President Trumpmay be reading as well. Indeed, here are the books that seem to have sat on the White House nightstand this year.
Forty-two days after taking office, Trump wrote his first book-related tweet as president. In a 4.a.m. comment on March 3, he announced that “Green Card Warrior: My Quest for Legal Immigration in an Illegals’ System,” a book by Nick Adams, a conservative commentator from Australia seeking permanent-resident status in the United States, was a “must read.”
Forty-five days later at 5:13 in the morning, he called “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide,” by Michael J. Knowles, an American actor and conservative columnist, “a great book for your reading enjoyment.” The book consists entirely of blank pages.
In August, his Twitter followers were treated to a presidential rave about David Clarke Jr.’s “Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America.” “Highly recommended!” Trump declared. (That endorsement came four days before the Milwaukee Country sheriff, a Trump backer, resigned.)
At the beginning of October, during the year’s busiest literary season, there was a tweet about Daily Caller News Foundation editor in chief, Christopher Bedford’s “The Art of the Donald: Lessons From America’s Philosopher-in-Chief.” Trump’s review? “Really good!”
And a few weeks later, the president pronounced Southern Baptist pastor, Robert Jeffress, “a wonderful man,” whose book, “A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home,” was “great.”
In November, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile’s “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” was on the president’s mind. He said the “real story on Collusion” during the 2016 presidential race was in this book.
On Dec. 7, he encouraged his followers to go get “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans,” by Brian Kilmeade, of Fox News, and journalist, Don Yaeger, a book he described as “really good.”
Finally, the book that seemed to merit the most attention from Trump, with a series of tweets, was the current best-seller, journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury. The president called Wolff a “total loser” and described the book as “really boring and untruthful.”
Clearly the “Trump bump” has an effect on book sales as well.
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