Many ex-Trump officials are now capitalizing on their infamy with purportedly tell-all books. Tiffany Cross will have none of it.
Tiffany Cross rightfully disses this opportunist
Tiffany Cross did not mince her words as she dissed Stephanie Grisham’s new book.
“If you’re at home and pay any attention to the echo chambers of cable news this week,” Cross said. “You’ve likely seen a segment or two or 50 about former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. She’s filling all the tea in her new book. … Let’s remember that Grisham has been riding the Trump campaign since 2015 and boldly stood with him through it all. We remember and have the receipts. The racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the white supremacy, the Access Hollywood tape, the family separation policy that tore young children away from their parents, the family grift, and the erosion of our country, and after all that, there are still some in the press who will no doubt offer her free book promotion and salivate at the chance to interview her as she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of our former co-conspirators. And this is the way it has gone for many former Trump appointees. They get to fail up writing mediocrity to the highest levels of government, hack away at the diverse foundation of America, and walk away from all the rubble only to be … met with sweet cable news contracts, lucrative book deals, softball interviews, and zero accountability.”
And she did not forget to leverage the story to illustrate privilege.
“Grisham has two traffic arrests, including pleading guilty to a DUI,” Tiffany Cross said. “And she lost two previous jobs amid alleged charges of plagiarism and cheating on expenses. … She was embroiled in scandal and arrested twice, and still landed a high-profile position in the White House. Yet black and brown people are still subjected to a very punishing criminal justice system, and those among us who have records can’t get a job anywhere while the privileged and incompetent gets a laugh at our tears all the way to the bank.”
I must admit that I enjoyed this short segment.
Tiffany Cross suggested readings well worth it.
- The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker – Jelani Cobb
- The Bear is My Father: Indigenous Wisdom of a Muscogee Creek Caretaker of Sacred Ways -Bear Heart and Reginah WaterSpirit
- You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories – Gabrielle Union
- Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora – Saraciea J. Fennell