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The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America

a book by Bill O'Reilly

(our site's book review)

Bill O'Reilly's Take on Donald Trump's Life

The Amazon blurb says that A rare, insider’s look at the life of Donald Trump from Bill O'Reilly, the bestselling author of the Killing series, based on exclusive interview material and deep research.

Readers around the world have been enthralled by journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bill O’Reilly’s Killing series—riveting works of nonfiction that explore the most famous events in history. Now, O’Reilly turns his razor-sharp observations to his most compelling subject thus far—President Donald J. Trump. In this thrilling narrative, O’Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump’s childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House.

O’Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump’s childhood and family and elements from his life and career
O’Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump’s childhood and family and elements from his life and career

Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence—of “how Donald Trump’s view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world”—from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history.

As the author will tell you, “If you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you’ll get it here.”


Prepare to Enter O'Reilly's No-Spin Zone

The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America is inspired by the fact that O'Reilly is a New Yorker and an opinion journalist. One of the interesting aspects of the book is O'Reilly's ability to drawn on his impressive amount of experience in the television industry and offer assessments of the relative fairness of the individuals who variously question, interrogate and badger Trump. We enter O'Reilly's "no-spin zone" and stay there until the end. Most people already recognize that the media is extremely unfair in its coverage of Trump and that is a major theme of the book. The real Donald Trump is not the imaginary boogeyman that the political Left and mainstream media insist on portraying. The book is well written, but the title is a bit misleading. The book really didn’t describe what Trump thinks about America. And O'Reilly put too much O'Reilly in a book supposedly about Trump.

The real Donald Trump is not the imaginary boogeyman that the political Left and mainstream media insist on portraying
The real Donald Trump is not the imaginary boogeyman that the political Left and mainstream media insist on portraying

Megyn Kelly Claimed O'Reilly Sexually Harassed Her

The book's content on the Megyn Kelly situation, Fox News and Mr. Trump was particularly intriguing. "A statement on O'Reilly's website said: 'In the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department.' Kelly conceded that no complaint may have ever reached human resources or the legal department because 'Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience. However, O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false,' Kelly said. 'I know because I complained.'" (Source: Megyn Kelly complained to Fox execs about Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment stand, William Cummings, USA Today)

Guys have been checking out ladies' charms for millennia—it's natural—but unwanted touching or comments or solicitations like Megyn Kelly says O'Reilly did have rarely been welcome or acceptable
Guys have been checking out ladies' charms for millennia—it's natural—but unwanted touching or comments or solicitations like Megyn Kelly says O'Reilly did have rarely been welcome or acceptable

"Publisher Henry Holt said in advance notes. 'This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history.' Mr. O’Reilly, a former Fox News host, could have a unique perspective, having known Mr. Trump for three decades. The book consists of 'exclusive interview material and deep research,' the publisher said." (Source: Bill O'Reilly's new book: 'The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America', Jennifer Harper, Washington Times)


O'Reilly Says Trump's Personal Bitterness Is What Ultimately Drove the Now-Infamous Call to the Ukrainian President

Former Vice President Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


Like Trump, Obama lied all the way through his presidency, but unlike with Trump, the media failed to report it
Like Trump, Obama lied all the way through his presidency, but unlike with Trump, the media failed to report it

"O'Reilly says Donald Trump believes in his heart that former President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Hillary Clinton 'all tried to injure him' before and after the election, adding that personal bitterness is what ultimately drove the now-infamous call to the Ukrainian president. '[Trump] wants to expose those three individuals, and he knows that Biden was doing shady things in Ukraine,' explained O'Reilly. 'So that's how it all went down,' he added. The former host of the #1 rated O'Reilly Factor revealed to Hammer and Nigel that he actually cautioned President Trump that while his anger was justified, 'if you take it personally, your reaction is going to hurt you.'" (Source: Bill O'Reilly: Personal Bitterness Was Motivation for Trump's Call to Ukraine, by:Brian Baker, WIBC)

O'Reilly says his book is a 'no spin' zone
O'Reilly says his book, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America, is a 'no spin' zone

O'Reilly Says The United States of Trump Is Essentially a History Book

"'The United States of Trump’ is essentially a history book about one of the most important political stories of all time,' O’Reilly said Tuesday in a release announcing the book. 'How exactly did Donald Trump win the presidency and how has his view of America changed since he was elected? The book will have no anonymous sources and no spin.'" (Source: Bill O’Reilly says his book about President Trump will have ‘no spin’, Christie D’Zurilla, LA Times)

O’Reilly promises: "If you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you'll get it here." And we do get it. But in trying to be objective and nonpartican, he omits the extreme and obvious weaknesses of Trump and merely gives us the Fox News version of Trump insights. Below you'll see what Paul Harvey used to call "the rest of the story."


The Rest of the Story

“For our democracies to survive, we need American leadership. Today, the world is on fire because the U.S. decided to stop being the world’s fireman.”—former Danish prime minister and NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen

For our democracies to survive, we need American leadership. Today, the world is on fire because the U.S. decided to stop being the world’s fireman
For our democracies to survive, we need American leadership. Today, the world is on fire because the U.S. decided to stop being the world’s fireman

"It would be wrong to say that the presidency has softened Trump. His willingness to fight is unabated and unfiltered. But he is no longer tethered to a one-way strategy of disruption and conflict. He is willing to back down at times, to adjust course. . . . When asked directly if he feels his Administration has been too combative, he makes a brief allowance. 'It could be my fault,' he says. 'I don’t want to necessarily blame, but there’s a great meanness out there that I’m surprised at.' . . . One senior White House official recently outlined the three rules of Trump for a group of reporters: When you’re right, you fight. Controversy elevates message. And never apologize." (Source: Donald Trump After Hours, Michael Scherer and Zeke J. Miller, Time)


Most Presidents At Least Make a Pretense of Nobel Purposes; But Trump Rallied His "Deplorables" Around the Themes of Xenophobia and Racism, Telling Us He Was Making Us "Great" Again

The squad: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
The squad: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan

"Most presidents have seen it fit to use their bully pulpit to rally the American people to noble purposes, and especially to repress the human instincts of xenophobia and racism. The recent mass-shootings, which may have had racist motives, are a testament to how important that message is. [Still mad about women] With his recent attacks on the four Congresswomen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Trump deliberately and proudly plays to the two most negative base instincts of the nation. It is also worthy to note that Trump, for all his pompousness, vividly underscores his own little man syndrome by, once again, going after women politicians. This clearly is a man who accepts women only as dolls and wishes politics were a sport defined by the country club rules of old, i.e., no women." (Source: How Trump(!) Could Save America, Alexei Bayer, the Globalist)

'The president acts like — and has the understanding of — a fifth- or sixth-grader' said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
'The president acts like — and has the understanding of — a fifth- or sixth-grader' said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

The Left's Over-Enforcement of Dogmatic PC Norms Actually Serves to Increase Support for Donald Trump

"Trump’s fear mongering and fiery rhetoric is designed to heighten emotions and alter beliefs, offsetting this fine-tuned and calibrated system. If there’s one thing that Trump understands, it’s how to benefit politically from manufacturing fear and division. He may only be following his gut instincts, but it’s strategic psychological manipulation nonetheless. Trump provokes anxiety in both the right and the left perhaps equally, albeit in very different ways. For the right, he fuels their fears about minorities and dissimilar others, calling Hispanic immigrants 'murderers and rapists,' and stating in blanket-fashion that 'Islam hates us.' His demonization of the 'liberal media' and the Obama administration has transformed many right-wingers into full-fledged conspiracy theorists. For the left, President Trump is the fear. His narcissistic personality and unpredictable, unrestrained behavior makes him a dangerous commander-in-chief—one that is liable to get the U.S. into a game of nuclear chicken with countries led by similarly erratic leaders, like North Korea. Trump’s policies and willingness to please his most extreme supporters threatens the rights of gays, transgender folk, and women across the country. The only thing liberals might fear worse than Trump himself is the sentiment he brings out in his supporters, which has already proved deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a result of the amplified fear and anxiety on the right and the left, the nation is more polarized than ever . . . a recent study has shown that the over-enforcement of PC norms actually serves to increase support for Donald Trump." (Source: Trump Divided America With Psychology — Here's How We Heal, Bobby Azarian, Psychology Today)

White supremacists clash with police (36421659232)
Charlottesville riots

Trump Stokes Fear on Purpose, and He Admires Strongmen Who've Used Demagogic Strategies Similar to His Own

Remember, Trump stokes fear on purpose. He admires strongmen who've used demagogic strategies similar to his own and which feature fear predominantly. He admits he stokes fear, and this devisive tactic worked better politically than anyone thought it would to put him in the White House. Let's look at the steps of his political strategy. First, give speeches about the threatening others out to get them (illegal immigrants). Show how those on the other side of the aisle are traitorously inviting them into the country in droves to take our jobs, houses, land, and welfare money and free medical care. Show them how illegals are a perfect target for their fear, just as Jews were a perfect target for Hitler-generated fear before and during WWII and communists were a perfect target for Senator Joseph McCarthy-generated fear during the 1950s McCarthy era. See Fear: Trump in the White House.

Kim Jong-un leads by fear, and Trump is doing the same, in his own distinctive way bordering on demagoguery
Kim Jong-un leads by fear, and Trump is doing the same, in his own distinctive way bordering on demagoguery

Kim Jong-un and Putin both lead by fear, which is one reason Trump has gone to visit them both. It's a matter of demagogues admiring each other more than it involves diplomacy or peace making. It's like well-hung jocks comparing weenie size in the locker room. Only those in the Footlong Club are invited to attend.

Strongmen mutual admiration is like well-hung jocks comparing weenie size in the locker room—only those in the Footlong Club are invited to attend
Strongmen mutual admiration is like well-hung jocks comparing weenie size in the locker room—only those in the Footlong Club are invited to attend

As Azarian mentions, a recent study has shown that the over-enforcement of PC norms actually serves to increase support for Donald Trump.


Americans Are Losing Patience with Our Polarized National Conversation

"According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an 'exhausted majority.' Their members 'share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.' Most members of the 'exhausted majority,' and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke [to PC] are in a clear minority across all ages." (Source: Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture, Yascha Mounk, the Atlantic)

So since the vast majority of Americans (above) have a big issue with PC nonsense, the schools desperately try to shove it down unwilling throats and stuff it into unwilling brains, demonstrating just how out of touch they are with public sentiment. Naive students believe that if they don't cooperate with this fascist nonsense, they'll be demonstrating racism. But of course what their noncooperation will instead demonstrate is good sense and good critical thinking.

Since the vast majority of Americans have a big issue with PC nonsense, the schools desperately try to shove it down unwilling throats and stuff it into unwilling brains
Since the vast majority of Americans have a big issue with PC nonsense, the schools desperately try to shove it down unwilling throats and stuff it into unwilling brains

The majority of Americans are also losing patience with Trump's racism, sexism, and xenophobia, preferring to see a leader who will reverse the polarization and lead us to real "greatness," not a pretense of it.