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New children's book to Congress: 'You Have to F---ing Lead'

A new children's book has a not exactly kid-friendly message for Congress: "You have to f---ing lead."

The $10 book, poised to be released on Oct. 16, is a sequel to one from 2017 - "Stop F---ing Tweeting and go the F--- to Sleep, Mr. President" - from the same anonymous author.

The book, written and illustrated under a Trump administration-inspired pseudonym, John Spreincer McKellyanne Huckamucci, portrays lawmakers as popular children's characters as it rails against what it describes as their ineffectiveness.

On one page of "You Have to F---ing Lead," images of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are superimposed on the faces of Care Bears, with the author writing:

"Our president rages and tweets and gloats,

While our country, tired and angry, continues to regress.

You robocalled me during breakfast and begged for my vote,

So why the f--- won't you step up and undo this mess?"

Another page shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appearing as the ravenous animals in the classic kids' game, Hungry Hungry Hippos.

"The rich are eating the poor.

The middle class continues to bleed.

I know you're too arrogant to answer my question.

But remember that promise you made to lead?" the book asks.

The paperback slams President Trump, portraying him as an oversized baby while eviscerating lawmakers:

"We need someone with backbone, common sense and grit,

To stand up to this clown and clean up all your shit."

Its author - who says they use a pseudonym because their day job and relatives "wouldn't appreciate my actual name being attached to books that wade into politics" - tells ITK they hope the book "lets people seethe and (hopefully) chuckle at the same time."

The aim, according to the writer, is to create a shared experience where "people pass the book around or simply sit and read it together" as a form of "catharsis."

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