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'Morning Joe' Rips Former Trump Officials for Post-White House Tell-All Books: 'Too Late'

“A lot of these people were seeing these things play out in real time but waited until after to write a book,” Mika Brzezinski says

Kay continued: “Now there is Stephanie Grisham making money out of a book when it’s too late to have an impact, to say he said another thing when actually he was meaning another thing. It would have been much more courageous of her, obviously — not just courageous for her, but helpful for the state of the country and the health of the country — for her to call this out in real time.”

Co-host Willie Geist reminded viewers that Grisham, unlike others who left Trump’s orbit to become authors, was affiliated with Trump from the very beginning of his political ascent. She was a key press wrangler during his 2016 campaign, then spent almost all of his four years in office working in various capacities in the White House before resigning the night of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire pointed out that Grisham’s book, like its predecessors, could be about reputation salvaging, résumé beefing or personal fundraising, but it’s especially noteworthy given how close she was to the former president and first lady. Her reasoning could also be “a guilty conscience,” he suggested. 

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