"Fire & Fury" Facts vs "Betrayal of Justice" Fiction

January 17, 2018

Earlier this month, Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff hit the bookshelves. Despite Trump’s efforts to block the book’s publication, he seems to have only called additional attention to it. In fact, Wolff thanked Trump on Twitter for his attempts because it quite possibly helped sell more than a million copies to date.


As you may know, Fire and Fury tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. Through his regular access to the White House and more than 200 interviews, Wolfe gives an account into the day-to-day operations of the Trump Administration and what it is like to work for the POTUS. His portrayal of Trump is of a man unfit for office – the king of discord and disunion, not only temperamentally and intellectually unfit, but psychologically unfit.


According to Wolfe, Trump didn’t even want to win the election, and no one around him thought he would. [Apparently, they were just as surprised as I was.]


Before Wolfe wrote Fire & Fury, I wrote two novels. As I was publishing the first one, Betrayal of Faith, the presidential election was winding down. The deep divisions that exist in our country are disturbing to me. I began to consider the consequences of electing a president who might attempt to implement unconstitutional or discriminatory practices. Would the White House, and subsequently the country, be in chaos? Less than six months later, I completed and published Betrayal of Justice.


Like Fire & Fury, Betrayal of Justice begins with the inauguration of a newly elected president. In my fictional America, that is President Ronald John whose campaign slogan called on our citizens and our government to “Make America Pure Again.” To accomplish this ‘goal’, John wants to deport all Muslims, which endears him to white supremacists everywhere.


As his deportation plans develop, a Michigan mosque is bombed. When the white nationalist bomber is found dead, a young Muslim woman is accused of his murder. While the woman’s attorney tries to mount her defense, a white supremacist group interferes in the investigation. Will justice be served in what appears to be an unjust legal system?


Betrayal of Justice is a highly-relevant, legal-political novel that weaves criminal justice, corruption, and bigotry with political realism.


When I wrote the book, I was concerned about the election. I was concerned that events similar to those my book portrays might actually happen in America. I wondered whether our new president was temperamentally, intellectually, and psychologically prepared for the office.


Over the past year, there has been rioting in Charlottesville, a mosque bombing in Minnesota, mass deportation, and chaos in the West Wing. In response to Charlottesville, the president said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.” He also said that there were “good people on both sides”. He was silent after the mosque bombing. A few days ago, the president wondered aloud why we continue to accept immigrants from “shithole” (or “shithouse”) and why we don’t pursue immigrants from Norway, with a predominately white population. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a 39-year-old taxpaying, law-abiding Michigan dad was deported after 30 years in the U.S. while the president played golf in Florida. MLK Day is a day that most presidents reserve for public service, but not this president. There is hope, though; the president assured a reporter he was the “least racist person you have ever interviewed”.


Fire & Fury portrays the real first year of a controversial presidency. Betrayal of Justice portrays a fictional one. Check them out - which is fact and which is fiction? It’s hard to tell.

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