An eyewitness account of Donald Trump's clown car of lieutenants and lackeys who have polluted the corridors of power with their unprecedented awfulness.
Two of Washington's most meddlesome reporters take readers on a deep dive into the murky underworld of President Trump's Washington, dishing the hilarious and frightening dirt on the charlatans, conspiracy theorists, ideologues, and run-of-the-mill con artists who have infected the highest echelons of American political power.
For the past three years, reporting from the White House, the Trump hotel, and other dens of intrigue and influence, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng have revealed the sordid shenanigans of a rogue's gallery of Trumpworld incompetents and improbable A-listers -- earning them angry denunciations (or at least some vexed side-eye) from Trumpists such as the actor Jon Voight and Trump's former campaign czar and renowned obfuscator Corey Lewandowski as well as requisite threats of physical violence and ruin. Sinking in the Swamp will similarly pull no punches. Everyone from assorted Trump family members to Stephen Miller, Sean Hannity, and Diamond & Silk to Trumpworld's even more obscure accomplices will be plumbed, prodded, and exposed for their roles in the most shambolic moment in modern American political history. When they go low, Swin and Lachlan are right there with them, recorders running and notebooks at the ready.
Sinking in the Swamp is an uncompromising account of the financial and moral degradation of our capital, told with righteous indignation and through the lens of key power players and foot soldiers whose own antics have often escaped the notice of the overworked press corps.
As the 2020 election approaches, this page-turning, letting-it-all-hang-out narrative shows how the nation got to this nadir, tracing the story back to years before Trump's improbable run for the White House and cataloguing the stomach-turning moments that followed.
Daily Beast reporters Markay and Suebsaeng detail their interactions with the Trump administration in this gossip-fueled comedy of errors. Focusing on obscure campaign officials, low-level White House staffers, and "D-listers" orbiting around the presidency, Markay and Suebsaeng argue that to truly understand this political moment, observers must study the people riding the president's coattails. Their anecdotes feature Trump's favorite teleprompter operator playing Candy Crush to warm up his fingers before a speech; actor Jon Voight mistaking Suebsaeng for campaign finance chairman Steve Mnuchin; press secretary Anthony Scaramucci "hunting for the leakers of information that he himself had leaked"; and the "mattress saga" that took down EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Many of these tales are thirdhand, and much of the book rehashes events that are either well-known or less than consequential. But the authors' colorful prose and willingness to ridicule themselves ("we have been two little piglets in the Trump years, gleefully inhaling the muck and empty calories") entertain, and their jibes frequently contain sharp insights into "Trumpworld." This irreverent, darkly humorous account will resonate with readers who look at the White House and see, as the authors do, "a circus of crookedness, incompetence, and rank dishonesty."