S tephanie Grisham avoidedmedia as if his life depended on it. During his nine months work as Donald Trump's press secretary - a job she juggled her roles as communications director for both the White House and Melania Trump - she wasn 't busy one formal press briefing . At one point, writers Don Winslow and Stephen King even pledged $ 200,000 to a children's hospital if Grisham had just given a fucking briefing; she didn 't take know them .
But while Grisham may not wantto tell the media what the president was until when it was his taxpayer-funded job to do so, she's having fun now. Grisham will publish a dissertation next month called I will answer your questions now: what I saw in the Trump White House . I know nothing Trump-related should shock any more, but I can't get over the daring of this title. It almost rivals that of OJ Simpson If I have done it . Shall I answer your questions now? Well here's a question for you, Steph! How does it feel to have no morals?
To be fair, Grisham never bothered to pretend she cared about stupid things likemorality, responsibility or public service. The 45-year-old's journey to the White House began when she worked on Trump's 2016 campaign; according to a New York profile Times , she once told a reporter that she "was driving until the money ran out ". Now it looks like Trump's money has run out and she's busy collecting the telltale money.
She is not the first Trumper to change allegiance as soon as it becomes opportune to do so. It is difficult to follow the revelations of former Trump staff in the White House. Michael Cohen, the former Trump fixer, has writes a . Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and director ofcampaign deputy David Bossie, have data writes a . Miles Taylor, a homeland security official who made noise when he ran an anonymous New York Times editorial claiming there was "quiet resistance " in the Trump administration, wrote one . Jared Kushner would write the " definitive "report of the Trump presidency, released next year.
Each time a memoir from a former staff member of Trump is reported to be marketed with words such as "bombshell", "say it all" and "scandal". So far, however, none of these books have told us much that wedid not already know. Thanks to Lewandowski's book, we know that Trump brought his former assistant Hope Hicks to steam his pants … while he was wearing them. Cohen's book told us so - shocking! - that Trump said a lot about very racist things . Taylor's book "revealed " that everyone in the Trump administration complained about mismanagement of everything. Nothing in any of these memoirs justifies their hypocritical authors getting a big lead and a chance to whitewash their reputation.
I doubt Grisham 's opus will be more enlightening. Anonymous sources told Politico that the bookcontains secrets about Trump that even Melania does not know; but while it may sound juicy, all of the content that has been provided to the press so far is embarrassingly commonplace. Grisham compares Melania to Marie Antoinette , apparently. It is a very original and imaginative analogy; nobody has ever thought of it before! Grisham also apparently reveals that Melania did not want to issue a statement condemning the January 6 riots; which is little news for anyone who cares.
You know what secret I would like Grisham to reveal? How the hell did she manage to fail everything so spectacularlythroughout his career. Grisham is was reported , managed to lose a private sector job after being accused of filing false expense claims, then lost another job after being accused of plagiarism. She was also arrested for impaired driving. All of these things would have been an obstacle to most people's careers, but they didn't stop her from landing one of the most prestigious positions in politics. She did a terrible job, but still managed to land a (presumably lucrative) book deal. Truly, it's kind of a charming and baffling career trajectory.
- Arwa Mahdawi is a columnist for The Guardian