“Two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.” This is Donald Trump’s McDonald’s order, according to a new campaign tell-all written by fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former top campaign aide David Bossie.
Besides revealing the possibly alarming details of the then-candidate’s fast-food order, the Washington Post and Politico published previews of the book Let Trump Be Trump, which is due out Tuesday. The available excerpts dish a few juicy details from what Lewandowski and Bossie portray as a chaotic, high-energy campaign. They also paint a largely glowing picture of their boss, even during his outbursts.
The books covers some Trumpian drama, a lot of yelling, and some of the palace intrigue of the campaign, including the how and when of the firings (which Trump, it seemed, rarely did himself.) But here are the three of the more ridiculous nuggets reported about the book so far:
Trump is really particular about his (fast) food
Junk food defined the diet of the Trump campaign. The Washington Post reports that Lewandowski and Bossie write that — in addition to Trump’s McDonald’s order of “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted” — “on Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”
According to the book, aides tried to make sure Trump had his hot meal ready for him after departing rallies. The plane also stocked junk food, including pretzels, potato chips, and cookies, including “many packages of Oreos because Trump, a renowned germaphobe, would not eat from a previously opened package.”
Hope Hicks’s had the job of steaming Trump’s suits — while he was wearing them
Hicks worked as a press secretary on Trump’s campaign, but also had the illustrious task of pressing the winkles out of the then-candidate’s suits. According to Lewandowski and Bossie’s account, Hope was on steamer duty, though it was all a bit unconventional, according to the Washington Post:
“‘Get the machine!’” Trump would yell, according to the book. “And Hope would take out the steamer and start steaming Mr. Trump’s suit, while he was wearing it! She’d steam the jacket first and then sit in a chair in front of him and steam his pants.”
Lewandowski probably won’t see Paul Manafort’s (alleged) plastic surgeon
Let Trump Be Trump takes a few digs at Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager during the summer of 2016 who has been charged with conspiracy against the United States, among other charges, in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Manafort and his allies, including members of the Trump family, had reportedly tried to push Lewandowski out, so it’s no wonder there’s a bit of bad blood between them. Or perhaps Manafort just made a really bad first impression on Lewandowski, who in a book excerpt in Politico recounts his Trump and Manafort’s initial meeting:
When the boss originally asked me to set up a meeting for him with Manafort, I had to think for a second before the name made sense ... I made the call, and a dinner was set up for the following week at Mar-a-Lago. The first thing the boss said when he met Paul was, “Wow, you’re a good-looking guy,” the same words he’d said when he first met me. Manafort, who was older than me by about 30 years, had had some work done to secure his youthful appearance.
The subtle shade thrown at Manafort’s plastic surgery is followed by an anecdote where Trump reams out his campaign chief for attempting to block him from appearing on the Sunday shows. “I had worked for Trump for 15 months, and he had never spoken to me like that,” Lewandowski writes. “He had ripped my face off, sure, but never for disrespecting him.”