A staff running on McDonald’s, Red Bull and Oreos; “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” blasting through the Trump Force One speakers; profanity-laced tirades; a “superstitious” candidate who never sleeps – that was the 2016 Trump campaign, according to top ex-aides who have lifted the curtain on “the ride of a lifetime.”
In their book set for release on Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi and deputy campaign manager David Bossie speak fondly of their former boss but give a warts-and-all view of day-to-day operations inside the campaign.
“Loyalty and unvarnished truth can coexist,” they write. “In fact, one doesn’t survive without the other.”
Fox News obtained an early copy of nearly 300-page book, “Let Trump Be Trump.” It is the account of two Trump loyalists who explain how a team of outsiders — and political novices — launched a campaign that would achieve one of the biggest upsets in U.S. election history.
It wasn’t pretty.
The book acknowledges Trump’s campaign staff did not have much political experience — one chapter is titled “The Island of Misfit Toys.”
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Lewandowski and Bossie recall an encounter with then-campaign press secretary and now-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who they said had “about as much experience as a coffee cup.”
“Hope had so little knowledge of politics then that when Corey told her he had worked for the Kochs she asked if he knew Danny Masters. ‘He’s worked for Coke for a while,’ she said,” one passage reads.
The authors also provide additional details about what makes Trump tick – that “nothing makes the boss angrier than when someone embarrasses his children” and that he is “one of the most superstitious men that most people have ever met.” The book says Trump sometimes throws “salt over his shoulder before he eats” and believes that people with “low energy” may “carry bad luck.”
But one of the most dramatic sections of the book focuses on the first encounters between Trump and future campaign chairman and manager Paul Manafort (who has since been charged in connection with the Russia investigation).
“Wow, you’re a good-looking guy,” Trump said, ahead of bringing Manafort onto his team as a delegate-wrangler for the Republican National Convention.
The first Trump-Manafort meeting was set to be private, but Lewandowski recalls fielding reporter questions the following morning.
“Corey knew from that moment on that Manafort was a leaker,” the book reads. “Corey could also tell good people from bad, and he could tell right away that Paul was a bad guy.”