Donald Trump’s former press secretary Stephanie Grisham has shared some monumentally embarrassing stories in her new book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now, about her time working within the chaos of the Trump White House. Excerpts have been comedy gold for Twitter and late-night talk show hosts alike. Jimmy Kimmel devoted a portion of his monologue earlier this week to some of the more embarrassing anecdotes, recounting how Trump “cuts his own hair with a giant pair of scissors.” But one of the more humiliating passages reveals a true look behind the Former Guy’s Tough Guy persona to reveal that there was an employee whose job it was to calm Trump down…with show tunes.
“At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump’s handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the ‘Music Man’ to play him his favorite show tunes, including ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats,’ to pull him from the brink of rage,” according to an account in The New York Times.
The song is mostly associated with Betty Buckley, who won a Tony for her portrayal of Grizabella on Broadway. While most Americans might best remember Buckley from her acting roles in movies like “Carrie” and TV shows such as “Eight Is Enough”, Buckley is a musical theatre veteran who remains deeply connected to her Broadway roots.
Jim Acosta invited Betty Buckley on his CNN show on Saturday to talk about the other major role she’ll now be remembered for–in possibly preventing global nuclear war. Buckley shows amazing empathy towards Trump in the segment.”I was like, oh, man. you know, the guy is so wounded, his soul is so damaged and I feel that on some level this beautiful lyric by Trevor Nunn and the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber resonates with what remains of the window into whatever soul he might actually have,” she explained.
Media: @BettyBuckley to @Acosta: "I checked my phone: 'Thank you, Betty Buckley, for saving the world'" … #Trump "is so wounded, on some level this beautiful lyric by Trevor Nunn and music by @OfficialALW resonates with what remains of the soul he might actually have." pic.twitter.com/3jxIVvLdHa
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) October 2, 2021
Buckley said, “When this book came out and I understood that they were literally using the song to calm him down in his fits of rage, somehow, it all made sense to me. You know, he has this insatiable need to be loved because daddy just didn’t, you know, and neither did mommy so it would seem,” she continued. “And so he’s really mad at the world about that.”
I would have played Memory for him and told him both Betty Buckley and Elaine Page hate his guts 🤡 https://t.co/Ben9Yv7yJF
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) September 28, 2021
Watch Betty Buckley’s full segment with Jim Acosta, below.