Nine-time Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Ed. Weinberger, known for his work on such legendary comedies as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and The Cosby Show, imagines an alternate Trump 2020 presidential campaign in this hilarious new novel.
In GOTCHA! Weinberger creates a chaotic world inhabited by America’s 45th President where cheating at golf is taken for granted; Fox anchors are valued advisors; and hydroxychloroquine is promoted as a COVID-19 cure.
Spanning the critical period from March 5, 2020 to January 24, 2021, GOTCHA! takes readers into Trump’s private world as he meets with his re-election committee, has a hush-hush dinner with Laura Ingraham, makes an angry early-morning call to Don, Jr., and asks Melania whether his bullet-proof vest makes him look fat. Trump tries to rush through a COVID-19 vaccine; attempts to build rapport with African Americans; and even gets away with shooting a protester on Fifth Avenue—an incident applauded by the NRA.
With an entertaining mix of fiction and satire, this provocative novel looks into the corrupt, three-ring-circus that is Washington in the new normal.
The blurb for the book states that this is a work of fiction/satire. The legal statement about characters reinforces that by saying that said characters do not resemble anyone living or dead. Balderdash, hogwash, and utter nonsense. Okay, okay…I know that this is an entertaining, witty, spot-on take on an administration which should be, at the very least, caricatured in such a manner. (Editor’s note – the author of this review despises the current squatter in the White House, his criminal enterprise, and their enablers.) While reading Gotcha, I felt as if I was reading the actual notes of meetings or transcripts of phone calls that now reside in the Trump Presidential Library. (Editor’s note – that was satire of a hyperbolic nature.) In other words they sound just so damn real, that I found myself emitting negative comments and many naughty words as I was reading, adding to my limitless loathing. Personal feelings aside, I was really laughing my arse off. Kudos to the author for a page turning way to survive the dual pandemics we are experiencing..Covid-19 & #45. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐