Donald Trump told his supporters that he would march with them to the Capitol on Jan.6, then abandoned them after a tense exchange with his chief of staff, according to the first excerpt from Landslide, Trump’s third White House exposition. by Michael Wolff.
The extract It was published by New York magazine. Wolff’s first Trump book, Fire and Fury, set off a news cycle and created a whole new genre of lewd political books in January 2018, when The Guardian broke news about its content.
That book was a huge bestseller. A sequel, Siege, also contained bombs, but it didn’t fare as well. Wolff’s third Trump book is among those expected this summer.
On January 6, Congress met to confirm the results of an election that Trump conclusively lost to Joe Biden. Trump spoke to supporters outside the White House and told them, “We’re going to get down [to the Capitol to protest] – and I’ll be there with you. “
According to Wolff, Secret Service agents apparently approached Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, saying, “No. There’s no way we’re going to the Capitol. “
Wolff, one of the authors who has interviewed Trump since he left power, writes that the chief of staff approached Trump, who seemed unsure of what Meadows was talking about.
“You said you were going to march with them to the Capitol,” Meadows said. How would we do that? We cannot organize that. We can not “.
“I didn’t mean it literally,” Trump allegedly responded.
Trump is also reported to have expressed “perplexity” over supporters who stormed Capitol Hill in a riot that led to five deaths and Trump’s second impeachment, for inciting an insurrection.
Wolff says Trump was confused by “who these people were with their low-rent ‘trailer camp’ demeanor and ‘outfits’, once joking that he should have invested in a chain of tattoo parlors and shaking his head. about ‘the big’ dirty ones. “
Trump and his family watched the attack on television at the White House.
As reported by Wolff, the exchange between Trump and Meadows sheds light on how would-be insurgents were abandoned.
The White House, Wolff writes, soon realized that Mike Pence had “come to the conclusion that he could not unilaterally reject votes or, indeed, do anything else, beyond playing his ceremonial role, that the president wanted. to do”.
Trump’s aide Jason Miller is pictured saying “Oh shit” and alerting the president’s attorney and top cheerleader for his lie about voter fraud, Rudy Giuliani.
Wolff writes that the former New York mayor was “drinking heavily and in a constant state of excitement, often almost incoherent in his agitation and mania.”
As the unrest escalated, shortly after Trump issued a tweet attacking the vice president, aides reportedly pressured the president to order his supporters to stand down.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, reportedly viewed the assault on Capitol Hill as “a matter of optics.” After an hour or so, Wolff writes, Trump “seemed to begin the transition from seeing the mob as people protesting elections, defending him so that he would defend them, to seeing them as ‘not our people.’
In a later exchange, Trump allegedly asked Meadows: “How bad is this? This looks terrible. This is really bad. Who are these people? These are not our people, these idiots in these outfits. They look like Democrats. “
Trump reportedly added: “We didn’t tell people to do something like this. We told people to be peaceful. I even said ‘peaceful’ and ‘patriotic’ in my speech! “
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