If you haven’t noticed, ever since Donald Trump came into office, Vanity Fair has amped up its coverage of Washington’s colorful cast of characters.
And now Town & Country, which self-describes as the oldest continually published general interest magazine in America, wants in on the action.
Translation: They want to beat out Vanity Fair.
So they hired Harry Jaffe, Washingtonian‘s editor-at-large, to cover money, power and politics.
His first foray into his new beat emerged Tuesday focused on President Trump‘s friends. Who are they? And is he really as extroverted as he seems? In short: No. When the gargantuan crowd size has diminished, he wants to go home alone and be in his own bed (so to speak). Although it may literally be true — US Weekly devoted an entire cover to their notion that Trump and first lady Melania Trump have separate bedrooms no matter where they are.
“Trump’s public persona is brash and relentlessly social,” Jaffe wrote. “He likes large crowds—the largest crowds—and even after the election, he’s organized campaign-style rallies to get time with his adoring fans. But a closer look at Trump’s patterns and relationships reveal a man who seeks privacy. The president might be big on glad-handing and back-slapping, but once the party’s over, he goes back to his own bed.”
Trump is all about home and family, Jaffe notes.
But who else will he allow into his inner sanctum?
Jaffe, who interviewed a psychologist who wrote The Awakened Introvert, has names: Thomas Barrack (a Lebanese rich guy), Steve Feinberg (advisor of sorts), Rudy Giuliani (former New York mayor), Richard Lefrak (“longtime buddy”), Howard Lorber (real estate soulmate), Linda McMahon (bigly campaign contributor), Chris Ruddy (runs Newsmax Media) and Keith Schiller (the body guard) make his list.
The Mirror can’t imagine that Trump would like anything more than for the media to attempt to psychoanalyze him.
“He’s clearly over-stimulated by all the exposure and seeking some introvert-like withdrawal,” the psychologist says.
Jaffe says he’ll retain his Washingtonian title while spreading his wings at Town & Country.
“Guess I will keep my Washingtonian perch as long as possible,” he told The Mirror. “They really don’t conflict. Washingtonian no longer covers national affairs, and T&C cares little about local DC matters. Tons of stories where Town & Country can complete. We aim to break news.”