What’s going on in Donald Trump’s head? Many of us ask ourselves that question every day, but Newt Gingrich’s new book, Understanding Trump, attempts to answer that question and put the idea that Trump doesn’t know what he is doing to bed once and for all. Gingrich has been a close friend of Trump and his family for years and served as a surrogate for the campaign, frequently appearing on news networks to promote Trump’s agenda and explain his policies and proposals. Understanding Trump takes that surrogate role a step further, providing nearly 300 pages of anecdotal stories of Trump’s business acumen and policy proposals that will excite Americans around the country. 

Understanding Trump rocketed to the top of the New York Times’ non-fiction best seller list, selling nearly 40,000 copies in its opening week. The people want to know more about Trump! I have no doubt that his supporters are devouring this book, but his detractors are no doubt eager for any chance they can get to try and crack the Trump code. Newt Gingrich is a well-respected conservative though, having formerly served as Speaker of the House and run his own presidential campaign in 2012, so he’s not easy to label as simply a ‘deplorable” Trump-ite. Gingrich is a legitimate politician with years of actual government experience in Congress, so it’s going to be difficult for the Left to shut him down as a racist, homophobe, or a deplorable like they would do to many others. 

In this book, you’ll get an inside look at what it is like to be Trump’s friend and confidant during the campaign, down to the fast food orders on his private plane and the frank discussions he has with his children. Gingrich pulls significantly from Trump’s book, Art of the Deal, news stories, and speeches by Trump to showcase his business acumen and give hope for those of us who know that the government needs some serious reform and the swamp needs drained. 

This book is an absolute gold-mine for policy wonks that love to take concrete proposals for how to Make America Great again. Gingrich offers a bountiful cornucopia of ideas and suggestions that we have reason to believe Trump might actually listen to. Trump clearly trusts Newt and values his expertise, which will hopefully lead to some of these great policy proposals being put into action. 

One of the things that Gingrich wrote that struck me the deepest was, “His presidency is a work in progress.” I think that is something that many of us, on both sides of the aisle, forget. We attempt to compare him to previous presidents who have already completed their tenure in the White House. Hindsight is 20/20, but looking at the future is hard. While we don’t have to give Trump the benefit of the doubt on every little thing, it is time that we realize that his administration IS in progress. It’s still going on, and it’s going to for at least three more years. 

Whether you love Trump, hate him, or are indifferent, Understanding Trump offers unprecedented and amazingly useful insight into the businessman that is now our 45th President of the United States, and there’s a reason it was an instant best-seller. 

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member