Like other autocrats around the world, Mr. Frum argues that Donald Trump rules the United States with the intention of increasing the wealth and power and that of him and his family. That Donald relates well to other autocrats cannot be argued. He recently congratulated Vladimir Putin on his sham election victory in Russia and Abdel Fatah as-Sisi for his equally sham victory in the recent election in Egypt. Both ran for the presidency of their respective country without opposition.
Mr. Frum begins his book with a description of pre-existing conditions that made possible a presidential victory for an individual of such questionable qualifications and temperament as the Donald. Mr. Frum talks about those who first opposed Donald's candidacy such as Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz who both turned into appeasers. Mr. Frum explores the manner in which Donald has used his office to enrich the coffers for both him and his family. He describes Donald's petty vindictiveness such as not allowing Sean Spicer, an ardent Catholic to meet the pope or blaming Mitch McConnell for his failure to repeal Obamacare, how Donald has created an enemy of the press and popularized the term “fake news” with the goal of controlling of the press, the goal of every autocrat.
Finally, Mr. Frum identifies the impacts Trumps leadership has had on the United States and its citizens. First, it’s alienated other nations so that they no longer can depend on America for support. For example, he's questioned the viability of NATO and whether the U.S. will support intervention against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. He's concerned about the number of leaks coming out of the White House from bureaucrats who fear for the institutions they work for. Will this practice end up weakening the very office of the presidency? Will the divide between the left and right in America make impossible an end to divisive politics that brought him to power?
Mr. Frum ends with a chapter entitled “Hope” where expresses his belief that the reign of Donald has increased awareness of the importance of democracy and the professional bureaucracies that support them.“Trumpocracy” provides a terrific summary of Donald’s rise to power packed with evidence that’s been carefully collected and presented in a thorough, easily understood manuscript.