Trump’s Associates Believe He’s ‘Off His Rocker’: Michael Wolff

  • Trump's close associates believe he's “off his rocker,” the author Michael Wolff said.
  • “They believe he is crazy,” he told Channel 4 News.
  • Wolff was discussing his latest book, “Landslide,” about the last days of Trump's presidency.
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Donald Trump's close associates think he's “off his rocker” and “crazy,” said Michael Wolff, the author of several books on Trump.

Wolff told Channel 4 News on Monday that “aides, intimates, and supporters” thought the former president was not of sound mind. Wolff was promoting his latest book, “Landslide,” about the last days of Trump's presidency.

There's “a situation in which virtually everyone around Trump — we're not talking Democrats here, we're talking Trump aides, intimates, and supporters — everyone believes he has gone off his rocker,” Wolff said. “I mean, let's not put too fine a point here: They believe he is crazy.

“At the same time, he commands a, if not a majority of the country, a very, very substantial minority comes to believe that this election is stolen and whose support for him ever hardens,” he added.

In a separate interview on Monday, Wolff told MSNBC, “I think that anyone who speaks to Donald Trump should be certainly switching on their phone, their iPhone, to tape what's going on.”

“Donald Trump is only half aware of what he's saying,” he later added. “It just spews out.”

Wolff's first book about Trump's presidency, “Fire and Fury,” published in 2018, contained a series of embarrassing revelations about Trump, prompting Trump to call the writer a “total loser” in a tweet.

A January 2018 tweet from Trump that says in part: "Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book."

In a January 2018 tweet, Trump called Michael Wolff a “total loser.”

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But Wolff said Trump had invited him to his residence at Mar-a-Lago for dinner after he heard Wolff was writing another book about him.

Wolff's latest book is said to contain further revelations about Trump, including that he wanted to call off the election because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wolff told Channel 4 News: “When my first book came out, he tried to sue me. That would be the first time that a sitting president has tried to sue a writer. He tried to stop the publication of the book, said he had never met me when he had, in fact, invited me into the White House.

“And then I thought, ‘OK, you know, I guess that relationship is over.' But then when he heard that I was doing this new book — actually, someone recounted the conversation to me that he was told that I was doing this book and he said, ‘Oh, that guy gets ratings, let's see him.' And he immediately had someone invite me down to Mar-a-Lago to sit with him, to interview him, and to have dinner with him and Melania.”

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