Joe Scarborough said Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” “rings true on just about everything” that he has read, despite the fact that Wolff has previously fabricated parts of his published works and his sourcing and quotes for his new book have already been heavily disputed.
“I remember talking to you guys back in March and April and hearing about some of the things that were coming down the track,” Scarborough said on Morning Joe. “In my conversations with you, in my conversations with people inside the White House, in my conversations with everybody involved, I’ve got to say this book rings true on just about everything that I read.”
“All the things Mika and I have known about Trump over the past 10-11 years, what we knew over the past 12-24 months,” he continued, “What we knew after we stopped talking to him, again I haven’t read anything in here other than possibly that John Boehner anecdote, that didn’t ring true to me. Everything else does, and it follows everything that all of my sources have been telling me for 12 months. What about you?”
“Well there’s so much to say about this effort, and I will not embroider much over what he just said about Michael Wolff,” said guest John Heilemann.
Heilemann added that “there will be a lot of discussion over the next week or so about sourcing and methods on this book and probably a lot of pushback from some number of the people who are quoted on the book about the ways in which their material got presented, I’ll leave it at that I think there’s going to be some discussion of it.”
Michael Wolff, the author of a new and salacious book that portrays the Trump administration in a contemptuous fashion, has already been disputed by those he quoted in his work.
Former White House adviser Katie Walsh disputed a comment of hers quoted by Wolff in the book, and billionaire friend of Trump Thomas Barrack Jr. says he never said Trump is “not only crazy, he’s stupid” as Wolff claims.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House. Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy.”
Michael Wolff has also described himself as unreliable in the past in his book “Burn Rate,” where he wrote of his early entrepreneurship, “How many fairly grievous lies had I told?” He also wrote, “How many moral lapses had I committed? How many ethical breaches had I fallen into?… Like many another financial conniver, I was in a short-term mode.”