Throughout the book, the President is portrayed as an individual who is obsessed with his standing in the media as well as with his core supporters. He appears to not only be lonely but also increasingly paranoid, watching television for several hours in the White House residence (Herb et al.).
The President’s top aides described him as a person who always erupts in rage and profanity and who appears to enjoy humiliating others. He said of Sessions, “This guy is mentally retarded, he is this dumb Southerner.” Trump was also quoted saying that Priebus is "like a little rat. He just scurries around" (Woodward 185).
Trump also demeaned Rudy Giuliani, the former New York Mayor, to his face, when Giuliani was the only campaign surrogate who was willing to defend the then-candidate Trump on TV after a bomb-shell videotape of him sexually assaulting women emerged. He said to him, "I've never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took your diaper off right there. You're like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?" (Woodward 45).
Trumps predecessors are not spared either. Woodward reports that Trump called former president Barack Obama a “weak dick” (Woodward 135) for failing to act in Syria.
In addition to Trump’s insults and humiliations, the book is also “a zoo without walls.” It is filled with slights, insults as well as takedowns from both family and staff members that speak to the chaos, drama as well as infighting that the President allows to fester around him.