On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s cataclysmic election win Esquire talks to members of both campaigns as well as mainstream media members still suffering from PTSD. Early in the day Clinton team members were still confident and Trump was hiding in his penthouse until being enticed by the early returns. Florida was the turning point and after that the nation watched together as its fortunes flipped into the unknown. The drama is obvious, and this well-produced chronological retelling succeeds in bringing back the ebullient/nauseous effects.
The Untold Stories of Election Day 2016
Our 45th President’s administration has been many things, but most of all it’s been chaotic. A week doesn’t go by without some major story, and sometimes a day doesn’t go by. Trump has already fired a laundry list of his appointees and the survivors all have wounds. This environment has led to an unprecedented number of leaks from within his team as they try to manage the unmanageable. The Republic thought it would be a hoot to collect a healthy sample of these anonymous leaks and present them as an oral history of a national embarrassment.
An Oral History of the Trump Administration
The madcap mayhem that is the Trump White House outdid itself in the last week of July, 2017. Brash Wall Street bad boy Anthony Scaramucci had just been named White House Communications Director and immediately made his consistently beleaguered predecessor Sean Spicer look immaculately competent in retrospect. Scaramucci’s profane arrogance and unrepentant unprofessionalism would get him fired before his official start date. Meanwhile, Congress desperately tried to pass SOMETHING about Obamacare, even voting to proceed on a bill of which few senators knew the details. On the eve of the true vote Republican leadership admitted they didn’t like the bill but wanted it passed anyway. They would fix it later. LOL. “Crusty” John McCain dramatically put an end to that madness. Trump went Trump, attacking his own attorney general and banning transexuals from military service via Twitter. He also gave a wildly inappropriate speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree. Lastly, North Korea proved they could nuke the entire continental United States. All this in one week. The Washington Post recaps the week with an appropriate amount of bewilderment at the times in which we live.
‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci era
Insiders from both sides reflect on the acrimonious 2016 presidential campaign and Trump’s ultimate victory.
How Donald Trump won: The insiders tell their story
Trump campaign correspondents tell their war stories regarding covering the most hostile and anti-media presidential campaign in modern American history.
Covering Trump: An oral history of an unforgettable campaign
The Daily Beast provides a humorous tongue-in-cheek look at the ubiquitous dumpster fire analogy in coverage of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
An Oral History of ‘Dumpster Fire’