Wednesday, November 4, 2020



Ed. Weinberger’s Gotcha! Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign is my favorite kind of satire; wonderfully observed and bitingly funny.  It cuts so close to the bone, you’ll think you’re a staffer on the campaign.  It’s the perfect tonic to help you through these insane times.”
–Rob Reiner, actor, comedian, director, producer

Nine-time Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer Ed. Weinberg Imagines An Alternate Trump 2020 President Campaign In Hilarious New Novel

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.

Book Details

Title: GOTCHA! Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign

Author’s name: Ed. Weinberger

Genre: fiction

Publisher: South Street Books (October 13, 2020)

Print length: 287 pages


A few of your favorite things: my father’s drawings, water colors and sketches. He was a butcher, but an amateur, self-taught artist. I especially treasure a charcoal sketch of Laurel and Hardy done on brown butcher paper.
Things you need to throw out: my autographed picture of the Spice Girls. A speedo. And my Suzanne Somers Thigh-Master.

Things you need in order to write: since I always do my first drafts in long hand, I need yellow legal pads (8 1/2 x 11 ¾) and a ball point pen (Uni-Ball 207 – black-bold).
Things that hamper your writing: a window with a post-card view.

Things you love about writing: getting a check in the mail for something I wrote 25 years ago. Being alone.
Things you hate about writing: having a stranger ask: “Is there anything you’ve written I’ve ever heard of?”  Being alone.

Things you love about where you live: the peace and quiet; neighbors I never see; and it’s a five-minute drive to a great Chinese restaurant.
Things that make you want to move: Trump’s reelection.

Things you never want to run out of: money and toilet paper.
Things you wish you’d never bought: a race horse with asthma.

Favorite foods: anything with noodles.  
Things that make you want to throw up: roller coaster rides.

Favorite song: “This land is your land.”
Music that make your ears bleed: that commercial jingle for “Kars for Kids.”

Something you wish you could do: think of clever answers to questions like these.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: hold my liquor.

Things you always put in your books: at least one joke nobody gets.

Things you never put in your books: anything I can’t say out loud in a room full of mixed company.

Favorite places you’ve been: Florence, Italy.

Places you never want to go to again: what’s-her-name’s house.

Most embarrassing moment: asking Cicely Tyson for a date when she was living with Miles Davis.

Proudest moment: buying my parents a one-bedroom condo in Miami Beach so they could be with their people.

Best thing you’ve ever done: becoming a father.

Biggest mistake: investing in Quibic.


Ed. Weinberger, who has written for such diverse comedians as Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson, began his career in the early ’60s with Dick Gregory. He wrote and produced for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, co-created Taxi, Dear John, and The Cosby Show. He also executive produced and created Amen, Sparks, and Good News. Honors include three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, and nine Emmy Awards. In 2000, he received The Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of the one-man play A Man and His Prostate, which starred Ed Asner and toured nationally for five years. In 2017, he co-authored the book The Grouchy Historian, An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

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