Publishing industry experts are mocking former President Donald Trump’s claim that “two of the biggest and most prestigious publishing houses have made very substantial offers” for his memoir, “which I have rejected.”
“That doesn’t mean I won’t accept them sometime in the future, as I have started writing the book,” Trump told Politico. “My book will be the biggest of them all, and with 39 books written or being written about me, does anybody really believe that they are above making a lot of money? Some of the biggest sleezebags [sic] on earth run these companies,” he said.
But industry experts are not buying Trump’s claim, which came after reports that he’s struggling to land a book deal because publishers fear a “fact-checking nightmare” and because Trump is too radioactive after inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
“He’s screwed over so many publishers that before he ran for president none of the big 5 would work with [him] anymore,” one industry insider said.
Another publishing mocked Trump saying: “It’s likely that a few unlikely people did approach him! But that could be, like, a publisher in Zimbabwe.”
He punctuated their joke with a laughing/crying emoji.
“Somebody could have offered him $100,” a third source said. “It doesn’t mean anything.”