Book bombs reveal depths of Trump’s delusions in 2020

The excerpts also shed new light on Trump’s increasingly volatile state of mind in his final year. They portrayed a president obsessed with selfish conspiracy theories and surrounded by assistants who knew he was delusional but were too afraid to tell him the truth.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest bombs from the three books.

A slew of revelations came from ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl and his book “Betrayal”, which comes out in November. The first snippets were published in The Atlantic, with details of Trump’s inflexible attempts to get the Justice Department to join his electoral subversion efforts.
One of Trump’s staunchest allies was then Attorney General William Barr, but he broke with Trump over the legitimacy of the 2020 election. Barr has turned into something of a fact-checker, scrutinizing personally some of Trump’s electoral fraud theories, only to quickly debunk them as baseless. (Barr did so even though he often made equally dubious claims before election day.)

It all came to a head on December 1, when Trump summoned Barr to the Oval Office. According to the book, one of the attendees said that a red-faced Trump had “crazy eyes and manners,” yelled and yelled at Barr, and even started banging on the desk.

Trump went beyond the election and started hammering Barr for not prosecuting President Joe Biden’s son or former FBI Director James Comey – two of Trump’s most vilified political targets.

The book bolsters recent reports of emails sent to senior Justice Department officials by Trump (through his aide) and Trump’s chief of staff, coaxing them into hunting down electoral fraud. Trump responded to the snippet by attacking Barr and doubling down on his bogus allegations of voter fraud.

Trump’s nonchalance on January 6

Weeks after Trump’s collapse with Barr, his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results collapsed when a massive crowd of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

A new book by controversial journalist Michael Wolff includes details of what happened inside the White House while the Capitol was invaded. The book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Chairman,” will be released on July 27. Excerpts were published in New York magazine.
Trump’s senior advisers all knew Vice President Mike Pence would never agree to Trump’s unconstitutional plan to overturn the state results Biden won when Congress met to officially count the electoral votes. They knew Trump was going through a “mess,” but were too afraid to tell him his dreams of overturning the election were hopeless, Wolff reported.
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Instead, Trump was stuck in a no-fact feedback loop with his longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the unsuccessful effort to overturn the results at the local, state and federal levels. And Giuliani led Trump even deeper into electoral conspiracy theories, according to the book.
The book says Trump’s staff begged and begged him to publicly disown the violence on Capitol Hill. He waited for hours and his daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly even said the attack was just an “optical problem.” CNN had previously reported Trump’s reluctance to dismiss the crowd, including in a conversation that day with Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Trump’s anger at social justice protests

A new book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender describes how Trump wanted to invoke insurgency law and use the military to quash social justice protests last summer, some of which escalated into riots in major cities . The forthcoming book, “Frankly, We Won This Election,” is scheduled for release on July 13. Axios reported some key snippets on Monday.
Bender reports that there was an unprecedented scream in the White House situation room between Trump and General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Trump has exaggerated the level of violence, said he wanted to deploy the military in American cities and put Milley “in the driver’s seat.” But he was quickly reprimanded by Milley, in a jubilant argument.

” Damn it ! There’s a room full of lawyers here. Will someone inform them of my legal responsibilities? Milley told other officials in the situation room, according to the book.

Barr then told Trump that Milley was right – he couldn’t do what Trump wanted him to do.

In response to the snippet, Trump told Axios that the argument “never took place.” Bender said the incident was corroborated by “several senior administration officials” whom he interviewed.

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