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Popularity of 'Fire and Fury' foretells Trump's end, says North Korea

July 22 2018, 11:42 | Irvin Gilbert

Trump's nefarious anti-immigration remarks in declaring his intention to run for president back in 2015, in which he accused Mexico of sending "rapists" to the USA and vowed to build a "great, great wall" along the southern United States border, were made without Bannon's involvement.

Hansen believes that his "Fire And Fury" book is still relevant.

The real surprise about the rumpus over Fire and Fury is that Mr Trump even noticed it existed. For all the seemingly damaging headlines coming out of Steve Bannon's disclosures to Wolff, the book represents a political victory for Trump, one that could improve his party's prospects heading into the midterm elections. How far back is anyone's guess, but it will depend in part on whether Trump gets too cozy with the Republican establishment in Washington and the GOP base becomes disenchanted with the president and begins to think more highly again of Bannon.

"It's amusing but my sales don't matter", he said in the interview.

"What would be gratifying to me is that if at this moment where we have an unstable, deranged demagogue operating the greatest army the world has ever seen, that more people read a book about the horrors of war and the bad effect on the civilian populations", Hansen said. What's more, with Bannon clearly out of Trump's inner circle, there can be no whispers of a power structure outside the White House.

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Bannon stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News Network less than one week following the release of his claims about Trump, which were published in Wolff's book. Then he went online to check on sales last Friday. Democrats are resistant to making a deal on immigration that includes money for a wall along the southern border. It might have settled already were it not still being kicked up by Mr Trump himself, predictably unable to resist dignifying an assault on the highest office by returning fire in his usual hair-trigger fashion and telling the world he is a "smart ... and ... very stable genius".

My worry about the book and Mr. Trump's perpetually lampooned figure is that when his craziness is juxtaposed alongside the actions of former presidents, they end up looking wise and reasonable in comparison when there is very little defence of many of their foreign policy decisions. "It's just a best-seller". "How Democracies Die", by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, traces the demise of political rights in countries around the world. Amy Siskind's "The List" compiles her widely read online annal of breaks from democratic tradition during 2017. Snyder is a history professor at Yale University and his new book looks at threats to democracy in the US and overseas. I see a lot of good energy.

Labeling a "resistance" book can be as challenging as defining the resistance movement. "He thought maybe he's a racist, he didn't think [Trump] was an anti-Semite", the author said.

"I think that's well recognised. This doesn't mean we have to agree about everything - I'm sure we don't - but we can agree we do not want an American autocracy".

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