To some members of the left-wing media, nothing would make Christmas truly Christmas this year quite like a new anti-Trump book. But not just any new anti-Trump book. For this Christmas to truly be Christmas, the media needs a new anti-Trump book written just for teens.
And it just so happens that’s exactly what the media received this Christmas courtesy children’s author and proud feminist Martha Brockenbrough. On Dec 3. she released her latest children’s book, “Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump,” to exuberant fanfare from the media.
UNPRESIDENTED tells the true story of the nation’s 45th president, from his privileged background to his undistinguished academic career and below-average business record and lifelong political ambitions. Preorder here:https://t.co/NisbrfVnpZ pic.twitter.com/xPXz5K3gG8
— Martha Brockenbrough UNPRESIDENTED (@mbrockenbrough) October 29, 2018
Over at The New Yorker — a far-left magazine known for its hit pieces on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A and of course the president — columnist Katy Waldman was especially thrilled by the book’s release because it symbolized something spectacular: a small return to normalcy in Trump’s America.
According to Waldman, when President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he essentially ruptured the time-space continuum … or something like that.
“In many liberal households, the President’s election in 2016 marked a rupture of parental authority. Mothers and fathers had spent the previous year dispensing reassurances that the authoritarian clown was bad, yes, but that he wouldn’t win against Hillary Clinton,” she explained.
“They’d built a narrative — the first female President, a better world — and then Trump had shattered it,” she added without explaining how exactly a Hillary Clinton’s “better world” would have differed from Trump’s low-unemployment, war-free America.
Nor did she explain how Brockenbrough’s book will fix the alleged mess spawned by Trump’s election. Instead, all she wrote was that the book “may restore” order to America:
“‘Unpresidented,’ which patiently combs through past and present to assemble a coherent portrait of a chaotic man, may restore some of the equilibrium that dissolved on Election Night.”
How? By laying out the details of the president’s allegedly “corrupt business practices, shady campaign tactics, and gross governing errors,” as Waldman described them.
— 🇺🇸🔥Lady De’Plorable⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LadyRedWave) September 3, 2018
“Some combination of how the book is narrated—carefully, dispassionately, thoroughly—and whom it is narrated for brings Trump’s totalizing awfulness into especially sharp relief,” she opined.
“He is at home in children’s literature: a dastardly liar and cheater awaiting his showdown with Spider-Man. His story is, in a very real sense, amazing. As a developer, Trump’s persistence in racially discriminating against tenants was amazing. His willingness to stiff and exploit workers was amazing. His behavior has been demonically consistent, and he has never concealed his nature.”
There’s just one problem: Brockenbrough isn’t quite tough enough on Trump. According to Waldman, the author tries to be “fair and accurate” so that teens may weigh all the alleged evidence themselves and reach their own conclusions about the president.
Take for instance her description of the Electoral College, which liberals want to abolish.
“Here she is explaining racism in the United States: ‘Because America has long had a white majority, whiteness has been seen by some as an American trait,'” Waldman lamented.
“Her aside about the Electoral College—that it was ‘meant as a safeguard’ against ‘demagogues—political leaders who appeal to popular desires and prejudices rather than reasoned arguments’—is so nauseating and tragic that it should be a restricted substance.”
The New Yorker is among a myriad of left-wing outlets that’d like to see the Electoral College abolished. So naturally, Waldman isn’t thrilled at the idea of anybody speaking about the Electoral College reasonably and with facts.
A Trump bio for teens tries to translate our broken reality into something young people can process. It created a printing jam in my consciousness. But maybe kids will like it? https://t.co/l1pgYcZ4NT
— Katy Waldman (@xwaldie) December 19, 2018
Despite her complaints about the book, Waldman ultimately concludes that it’s a worthwhile read — just not for those already suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Rather, it’s for those just itching to be the next TDS victim.
“It speaks to real teens. Brockenbrough devotes her dedication ‘to the Parkland generation.’ She writes, ‘You know what to do,'” Waldman concludes.
Throw the book away?
The irony is that judging by the reaction on Twitter to Brockenbrough, the only people who’ve actually been reading it have been TDS-afflicted adults.
You guys, I know I said I’m taking two weeks off, but I have to rave about Unpresidented by @mbrockenbrough. I don’t like biographies, typically…I mean, they have to be really well-written. This one is fascinating. It’s a page-turner, no joke. A great present for teens and up.
— Kim Purcell (@kimberlypurcell) December 20, 2018
I am bigly excited to read Unpresidented (political biography made for Teens/YA) which arrived today! The dedication had me fighting tears. @mbrockenbrough #tbr #bookstagram pic.twitter.com/BWcvMHYrCH
— KAT – Expat Librarian (@LibraryKATinAD) December 8, 2018
It’s time to tell @OSTtalk how much I love @mbrockenbrough‘s #UNPRESIDENTED. How important I think it is that we arm the next generation of voters with facts, and a sense that they are allowed to be critical of government. A sense that it is, in fact, their job to do so. pic.twitter.com/N5XIdiJGra
— Laurel Snyder (@LaurelSnyder) December 5, 2018
It’s unclear whether these folks felt similarly about former President Barack Hussein Obama’s scandal-plagued administration.
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