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The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story

a book by Joy-Ann Reid

(our site's book review)

Trump Rebranded Prejudice as Patriotism, Presented Diversity as Our Weakness, and Promised That Money Is the Answer—So He Gave More to the Rich, Less to the Rest of Us

The Amazon blurb says that THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

MSNBC'S Joy-Ann Reid calculates the true price of the Trump presidency and charts the road to Congress's impeachment investigation.

"The host of AM Joy on MSNBC argues that President Trump’s administration is characterized by grift and venality that demeans the office and diminishes America.”—New York Times Book Review

Is Donald Trump running the “longest con” in U.S. history? How did we get here? What will be left of America when he leaves office?

Candidate Trump sold Americans a vision that was seemingly at odds with their country’s founding principles. Now in office, he’s put up a “for sale” sign—on the prestige of the presidency, on America’s global stature, and on our national identity. At what cost have these deals come? Joy-Ann Reid's essential new book, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story, delivers an urgent accounting of our national crisis from one of our foremost political commentators.

Three years ago, Donald Trump pitched millions of voters on the idea that their country was broken, and that the rest of the world was playing us “for suckers.” All we needed to fix this was Donald Trump, who rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go ’round.

Donald Trump rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go around
Donald Trump rebranded prejudice as patriotism, presented diversity as our weakness, and promised that money really could make the world go around

Trump made the sale to enough Americans in three key swing states to win the Electoral College. As president, Trump’s raft of self-dealing, scandal, and corruption has overwhelmed the national conversation. And with prosecutors bearing down on Trump and his family business, the web of criminality is circling closer to the Oval Office. All this while Trump seemingly makes his administration a pawn for the ultimate villain: an autocratic former KGB officer in Russia who found in the untutored and eager forty-fifth president the perfect “apprentice.”

What is the hidden impact of Trump, beyond the headlines? Through interviews with American and international thought leaders and in-depth analysis, Reid situates the Trump era within the context of modern history, examining the profound social changes that led us to this point.

Providing new context and depth to our understanding, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story reveals the causes and consequences of the Trump presidency and contends with the future that awaits us.

It is possible that the Clintons have sold out America worse even than Trump. See Peter Schweizer's Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich explains how the Clintons have sold out America worse even than Trump
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich explains how the Clintons have sold out America worse even than Trump

What Others Are Saying about The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story

“Joy Reid masterfully combines the immediacy of news reporting, the intimacy of memoir, and the sweep of a history book—from the anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party of the 1850s to Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid attempt at ‘reconciliation.’ The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story delivers a compelling account of how we got to Trumpism and what will happen next.” (Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell)

“Passionate, smart, and breathtakingly original, The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story will explain Trump to readers for years to come.” (Michael Tomasky, contributing opinion writer, The New York Times; editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas; and author of If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved)

“The political analyst and host of AM Joy on MSNBC argues that President Trump’s administration is characterized by grift and venality that demeans the office and diminishes America.” (New York Times Book Review, “New & Notable”)

“Passionate, well-intentioned and certain to draw approving nods. ... Imagines a path beyond our current divisions.” (Carlos Lozada, Washington Post)

President Trump . . . (what were we thinking??!!)
President Trump . . . (what were we thinking??!!)

“An impassioned exposé of Donald Trump. … In fiery prose, Reid delivers a well-researched narrative. … A searing indictment.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A shrewd analyst of current political trends, Reid offers fierce scrutiny of Trump’s controversial performance and fresh insights into his potential legacy.” (Booklist)

“Valuable. … Reid does a fine job. … Find[s] real wisdom.” (The Guardian)


The Reason Hillary's "Better Together" Message Was Backfiring in the 2016 Election Was Because of a Genuine Dislike of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness

"Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brand great, not to make our country great," [Michael] Cohen said. "He had no desire or intention to lead this nation—only to market himself and to build his wealth and power. Mr. Trump would often say this campaign was going to be the `greatest infomercial in political history.' He never expected to win the primary. He never expected to win the general election. The campaign—for him—was always a marketing opportunity." Cohen was describing what could be the longest "long con" in American history.

Here is the infamous MAGA cap, modified to reflect the TRUTH about the Trump campaign and its purpose
Here is the infamous MAGA cap, modified to reflect the TRUTH about the Trump campaign and its purpose (perhaps the 2020 Trump cap, Keep America Great, will be modified similarly so it reads Keep Trump's Bank Account Great)

The reason Hillary's "better together" message was backfiring in the 2016 election was because of the multiculturalism and political correctness being shoved down young throats involuntarily from coast to coast, gains in minority power and influence simultaneously with loss of white power, a seeming swarm of illegal immigrants threatening our safety, our jobs, and our wealth, and the uselessness of a college education since few good college-needing jobs were available. It wasn't that white Americans were racist—if they were Obama wouldn't have gotten the presidency in the 2008 and 2012 elections. So white vulnerability driven by racial resentment was a summary of what occurred. Too many whites with good educational prerequisites had been turned away from good schools due to affirmative action which put a less qualified minority in their place.

Clarence Thomas, the only black Supreme Court Justice, agrees with Trump that affirmative action is wrong, rightly figuring it merely creates worse racial tensions, not racial justice
Clarence Thomas, the only black Supreme Court Justice, agrees with Trump that affirmative action is wrong, rightly figuring it merely creates worse racial tensions, not racial justice


Clarence Thomas wisely has no patience with the blacks-as-victims mantra at the center of political correctness nonsense
Clarence Thomas wisely has no patience with the blacks-as-victims mantra at the center of political correctness nonsense


Non-whites and other snowflakes cannot bear to be looked at the wrong way since they just know you are thinking politically incorrect thoughts about them (a.k.a. word violence) simply because you are a white male
Non-whites and other snowflakes cannot bear to be looked at the wrong way since they just know you are thinking politically incorrect thoughts about them (a.k.a. word violence) simply because you are a white male

Trump believes affirmative action is a mistake—it doesn't "make up for slavery," it merely further aggravates racial tensions in the U.S. Clarence Thomas, the only black Supreme Court Justice, agrees, rightly figuring it merely created worse racial tensions, not racial justice. He learned to be cynical of not just affirmative action, but also racial busing programs and the blacks-as-victims mantra. He believes the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment forbids consideration of race, such as race-based affirmative action or preferential treatment. He also believes it creates "a cult of victimization" and implies blacks require "special treatment in order to succeed."

David Horowitz Nails It Beautifully: We Need a Single Standard: One Law and One Justice for All, Not White Standards and Black Standards

We need a single standard: one law and one justice for all, not white standards and black standards, as in affirmative action and other black skin privileges! Reid supporting multicultural madness of black skin privilege is a testament to how stubbornly she's bought into political correctness craziness
We need a single standard: one law and one justice for all, not white standards and black standards, as in affirmative action and other black skin privileges! Reid supporting multicultural madness of black skin privilege is a testament to how stubbornly she's bought into political correctness craziness

David Horowitz nails it beautifully: we need a single standard: one law and one justice for all, not white standards and black standards, as in affirmative action and other black skin privileges! The fact that the multicultural madness of black skin privilege is supported by the administrations (and by a gullible woman named Joy-Ann Reid), and safe spaces and microaggressions are the words de jour, is a sad commentary on bleeding-heart liberal instincts crossing the border into madness. How the administrations could have been bullied into submission this way speaks little about their moral superiority but volumes about their cowardice. The spectacle of blacks who feel victimized constantly so they are watching every word and expression of everyone in academia is made worse as nonblack students find themselves jumping through hoops to please this "victimized" class, severely interfering with learning. The problem here is that few of the blacks are victims of anything except racebaiters like Al Sharpton who keep this issue alive to enhance their own power.


Trump's Xenophobic, Racist, Sexist, Alt-Right Nationalism Was a Genuine Relief for Many Citizens, Whose Nightmares Were about a Borg-Like "Other" Who Warned: "We Will Assimilate, Resistance Is Futile"

Trump was the Ayatollah of the alt-right, but also the citizens genuinely nervous about encroaching hordes of nonwhites getting power—taking their power
Trump was the Ayatollah of the alt-right, but also the citizens genuinely nervous about encroaching hordes of nonwhites getting power—taking their power

With the Democrats paying an obsessive amount of attention to blacks, browns, gays, and immigrants, the white guilt of progressives began getting balanced out by white nationalism—people out to protect their race from the encroaching hordes of nonwhites. So Trump's xenophobic, racist, sexist, alt-right nationalism was a relief for many of them, whose nightmares were about a Borg-like "other" who warned: "we will assimilate, resistance is futile."

Trump's xenophobic, racist, sexist, alt-right nationalism was a relief for many of them, whose nightmares were about a Borg-like 'other' who warned: 'we will assimilate, resistance is futile'
Trump's xenophobic, racist, sexist, alt-right nationalism was a relief for many of them, whose nightmares were about a Borg-like 'other' who warned: 'we will assimilate, resistance is futile'

Reid Asks: Is Trump Running a Long Con? We Ask Reid: Is the Liberal Narrative and Its Misguided Political Correctness Dogma Running the “Longest Con” in U.S. History?

Is Donald Trump running the “longest con” in U.S. history?, asks Joy-Ann Reid. As a person who naively bought all the details of the liberal narrative and its misguided political correctness dogma, we's like to ask Reid, politely, Is the liberal narrative and its misguided political correctness dogma running the “longest con” in U.S. history (decades longer than Trump's con!)? Reid may be right about some of her criticisms of our current president—the Orange Oligarch—but she goes blind when she assesses the political correctness religion she worships so faithfully.

Reid may be right about some of her criticisms of our current president—the Orange Oligarch—but she goes blind when she assesses the political correctness religion she worships so faithfully
Reid may be right about some of her criticisms of our current president—the Orange Oligarch—but she goes blind when she assesses the political correctness religion she worships so faithfully

White Christian Conservatives Think Trump Is Like King David from the Old Testament—or the Biblical Prophet Elijah

Michael Moore correctly predicted that Trump would end up as president, with the election being "The Last Stand of the Angry White Man" who was watching 240 years of unrivaled dominance in American culture circling the drain. Trump received the support of the white Christian conservative establishment, which labeled him a modern day King David from the Old Testament. If there's any chance of a spiritual awakening in America, it won't come via socialistic agnostic liberals, but Trump is seen by one rightwinger as the fellow riding in on a chariot like the biblical prophet Elijah.

The 2016 election was, according to Michael Moore, 'The Last Stand of the Angry White Man' who was watching 240 years of unrivaled dominance in American culture circling the drain
The 2016 election was, according to Michael Moore, 'The Last Stand of the Angry White Man' who was watching 240 years of unrivaled dominance in American culture circling the drain


If there's any chance of a spiritual awakening in America, it won't come via socialistic agnostic liberals, but Trump is seen by one rightwinger as the fellow riding in on a chariot like the biblical prophet Elijah
If there's any chance of a spiritual awakening in America, it won't come via socialistic agnostic liberals, but Trump is seen by one rightwinger as the fellow riding in on a chariot like the biblical prophet Elijah

The Liberals Convinced Blacks They Were Victims and Their Cure Is Political Correctness

However, Tom Kawczynski (Someone Has to Say It: The Hidden History of How America Was Lost) is correct that American values of the post-war era were and are a much better values system than today's political correctness and the various perversions of the liberal narrative—which is why anti-PC Trump is President. The people wanted someone to save them from the PC perversion and the excesses of the socialistic liberals. It isn't only Trump's base of "deplorables" that hate all things PC—80% of America does. Kawczynski rightfully challenges both the institutions and the actors that seek to fundamentally transform our nation. See The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech.

Trump rode in on a white horse to save us from the PC perversion? No, but his attitudes have helped the anti-PC cause
Trump rode in on a white horse to save us from the PC perversion? No, but his attitudes have helped the anti-PC cause


Black Lives Matter is a thinly disguised terrorist group pushing the lie of white-on-black crime, when black-on-white crime is the truth and they know it
Black Lives Matter is a thinly disguised terrorist group pushing the lie of white-on-black crime, when black-on-white crime is the truth and they know it

We need blacks and Native Americans to no longer consider themselves victims. Back when they WERE victims—in pre-civil rights days up until the 1960s-1970s, it was understandable to think of themselves in such terms. But in 1999, Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes's publishing date, and especially in 2019, the blacks and Native Americans are only victims of their own gullibility as they listen to race baiters like Al Sharpton and as they listen to white liberals who have spent decades convincing them just how victimized they were and are.

"Another heated examination of the current president, who 'seems ripped right out of [a] comic book supervillain universe.'”—Kirkus Review

'Supervillian Trump' is Trumpenstein, running amok and laying waste to the countryside
'Supervillian Trump' is Trumpenstein, running amok and laying waste to the countryside

Trump Is a Salesman, and He's Good at Selling the Trump Brand

"The host of MSNBC's AM Joy and a columnist for The Daily Beast, Reid in her new book analyzes the chaos of the Trump administration with an eye to mapping the way to a better future. Pointing out that Trump's outrages have prompted new waves of citizen action while his attacks on the media have galvanized journalists to expose the White House's lies, Reid at once highlights Trump's failings, argues that his destruction of the GOP opens opportunities for a revitalized Democratic party, and offers a positive, action-oriented blueprint grounded in the nation's foundational ideals." (Source: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story, Washington Plaza Hotel)

[Reid] "'The reason I gravitated toward that title is that Donald Trump is not so much a politician or a president. He’s really just a salesman and what he’s been good at is selling an idea that is branded Donald Trump. But the brand has never had anything to do with who Donald Trump really is.' What many New Yorkers knew for a long time, and what many other Americans have found out since he started occupying the White House, is that Trump has mostly been a failed businessman.

In her new book, the Brooklyn-born Harvard graduate [Reid], tracks a parallel 'emperor has no clothes' phenomena. America simultaneously observes terrifying, almost incomprehensible truths unfold about both Trump and America itself
In her new book, the Brooklyn-born Harvard graduate [Reid], tracks a parallel 'emperor has no clothes' phenomena. America simultaneously observes terrifying, almost incomprehensible truths unfold about both Trump and America itself

"In her new book, the Brooklyn-born Harvard graduate, tracks a parallel 'emperor has no clothes' phenomena. America simultaneously observes terrifying, almost incomprehensible truths unfold about both Trump and America itself. . . . Trump is no genius businessman and America isn’t doing as great as many thought in terms of eradicating radical white supremacy.

“'Republicans—they own these people now,' Reid stresses. 'That’s part of their base. They don’t have the courage to stand up to them but are one hundred percent responsible. Trump is their guy. He’s giving them power, creating a space by holding the racist people into the party, so that they can pass big tax cuts for the rich, pollute rivers and do all the things they’ve always wanted to do.'" (Source: Journalist Joy Reid talks power, identity in the age of Trump, NADINE MATTHEWS, Amsterdam News)

White supremacists clash with police (36421659232)
White supremacists clash with police in Charlottesville, VA August 12, 2017 (is this one of the terrifying, almost incomprehensible truths unfolding about both Trump and America?)

"And now everyone in the world, every government, every maligned dictator on Earth now knows that there is no consequence if they decide to manipulate our election, to go into social media and use our racial and other challenges to manipulate Donald Trump back into the White House. Russia succeeded at that beyond their wildest dreams. Why wouldn't Saudi Arabia try too. Why not Israel? Why not China? Why not North Korea?

Whites Feel Victimized, Like Racism Is Directed at White People (Often True)

" . . . But the kind of person that the data shows does vote for Trump, or did vote for Trump, or really likes him is the kind of white American who feels that they are now victimized, that racism really is directed at white people. That white Americans are becoming the minority and are being besieged and persecuted by liberals, by east coast elites, by people of color. They actually feel that affirmative action is victimizing them, that their place in America to the extent that it isn't as economically robust as it used to be is not because of anything they've done wrong, it's because immigrants are stealing, immigrants are taking their jobs, people are picking their pocket who are brown or who are Muslim. Muslims are destroying Christianity. Gays are destroying marriage. Trans people are destroying the bathrooms.

Wrecking ball Republicans are coconspiring with Trump to wreck democracy to rig the game so they get even richer—enough of this and our democracy may simply collapse
Wrecking ball Republicans are coconspiring with Trump to wreck democracy to rig the game so they get even richer—enough of this and our democracy may simply collapse

" . . . MSNBC asked me to help co-host with Rev. Al Sharpton who's revered in South Africa by the way. So we ended up spending a lot of time with Rev, my producer was down there, my husband and a few us were there and I spent a lot of time just talking to people. That's what I did for the book was just talk to a lot of people." (Source: MSNBC's Joy Reid: How America can save itself from Trump and Trumpism, Dean Obeidallah, Salon)

Rev. Al Sharpton seems to us like a racist white hater and racebaiter who, like Obozo, played the race card for political advantage
Rev. Al Sharpton seems to us like a racist white hater and racebaiter who, like Obozo, played the race card for political advantage

Reid is a sucker to fall for Sharpton's BS. He seems like a racist white hater and racebaiter who, like Obozo, played the race card for political advantage. Count her as a confirmed passenger on the Trump hate train.


Count Reid as a Confirmed Passenger on the Trump Hate Train

Count Reid as a confirmed passenger on the Trump hate train
Count Reid as a confirmed passenger on the Trump hate train

Reid began her journalism career in 1997 at age 29, leaving New York and her job at a business consulting firm to begin working in southern Florida for a WSVN Channel 7 morning show. She left journalism in 2003 to oppose the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush, but returned to broadcasting as a talk radio host, and then worked in the Barack Obama presidential campaign. In 2018, the New York Times stated that "Ms. Reid, the daughter of immigrants, has emerged as a "heroine" of the anti-Trump "resistance." Reid, a liberal, is homophobic, having written quite a few anti-gay posts. This got The Daily Beast to suspend future columns from her as well as stopped her getting awards. She was apparently ashamed enough to concoct a story of having no memory of these posts, and later she claimed she'd been hacked. She has apologized publicly and privately for all the politically incorrect and hateful activities she was part of earlier in the century.

Reid left journalism in 2003 to oppose the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush—good for her!
Reid left journalism in 2003 to oppose the war in Iraq and President George W. Bush—good for her!

She also teaches a class at Syracuse University, exploring media, gender and race. Seriously?! A homophobe! Posts surfaced in 2018 that accused politicians and celebrities of being closeted homosexuals. Other posts use tropes of gay sex to mock journalists and politicians. MSNBC has stated that the Reid that works for them is not the same person who apparently wrote the offensive posts from the blog, implying that she has drastically changed over the last few years.

So here is an object lesson in what goes on the internet stays on the internet, so one cannot escape one's past. It will haunt one forever. Or is homophobia her true feelings and her new politically correct pose is just a coverup so she can stay in the good graces of MSNBC? Is the class at Syracuse University, exploring media, gender and race, her working off guilt or her being in denial? She's never taken responsibility for her homophobic actions, which makes one have to question everything she says or writes.

The book oozes with mainstream media propaganda. No sound solutions to the Trump problem were posed. Trump dislikes her and says she has no talent. Wrong—she is good at writing dull books.
The book oozes with mainstream media propaganda. No sound solutions to the Trump problem were posed. Trump dislikes her and says she has no talent. Wrong—she is good at writing dull books.

Her book is a dull anti-Trump tome joining the long parade of other Trump hating books. It contains run-on sentences, hatefulness, bitterness, snarkiness, incoherent writing, awkward sentences, and falling back on the flawed thinking of the liberal narrative rather than her own original thinking—she is blinded by ideology that evidence above shows she only partly believes. The book oozes with mainstream media propaganda. No sound solutions to the Trump problem were posed. Trump dislikes her and says she has no talent. Wrong—she is good at writing dull books.