On December 1, 2020, then-United States Attorney General William Barr entered the dining room attached to the White House Oval Office and encountered an angry Donald Trump. He had just read the statements in which, that same day, Barr pointed out that he had not found any irregularity in the elections capable of altering the result, which gave Joe Biden the victory.
-Did you say that? Asked the Republican president.
Yes, Barr replied.RELATED
-How the hell could you do this to me? Why did you say it?
-Because it’s true.
-You must hate Trump, you must hate Trump …, snapped the still president, speaking of himself in the third person.
By then, the head of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, one of the most powerful members of the party, had been begging Barr to step forward and silence the hoaxes of electoral fraud that the president spread, because it was convenient that it was clear to voters that Biden was going to occupy the White House and, as a counterweight, it was necessary to tie up control of the upper house, which depended on the two Georgia seats yet to be decided. But neither McConnell nor other Republicans could anger Trump while those two positions remained in play.
Look, we need the president in Georgia, so we can’t attack him head-on right now, but you’re in a better position to inject some reality into this situation. You’re really the only one who can do it, McConnell said.
“I understand and will do it at the appropriate time,” Barr replied. And that moment came on December 1, when Trump read the interview that Barr had given to the Associated Press.
The dialogues, related by William Barr himself to the journalist Jonathan D. Karl, are part of Betrayal (betrayal), a book that the chief correspondent of the ABC network in Washington will publish next November and that tells the interlining of that last desperate race of the Republican president for convincing that the elections had been stolen. On the same subject is Frankly, we did win this election: the inside story of how Trump lost (frankly, we won these elections. The private story of how Trump lost), by reporter Michael C. Bender, from The Wall Street Journal, which goes on sale July 13; like Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency (by a landslide: the last days of Trump’s presidency), by Michael Wolff, for that same date.
The three titles are part of a new wave of books that will hit bookstores between this summer and next fall to account for the final debacle of an unusual presidency, such as I alone can fix it, by the reporters Carol Leoning and Philip Rucker, leaving a week later. Also the veteran Bob Woodward and Robert Costa are working in a joint; like the journalist Maggie Haberman, of The New York Times; and New Yorker Susan Glasser magazine, four-handed with Times journalist Peter Baker, her husband, among many others.
Genius and figure, Trump has collaborated and given interviews to most authors (not the case of Woodward and Costa, after the anger over the latest Pulitzer Prize book, Rabia), lover of the spotlight as he is and aware of the The importance of staying in the limelight if you really intend to pursue your political career, as the expulsion from social media has erased you from the front line. Although, also a genius and figure, he has not been slow to regret seeing the first excerpts of some of those works. This Friday he described the meetings held with journalists as “total waste of time” and described as “pure fiction” what has transpired so far.
The former president was especially cruel to Michael C. Bender, the White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, whom he described as a “third-rate journalist.” Bender’s work captures explosive moments, such as when during a visit to Europe to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, Trump allegedly said to his then chief of staff, General John Kelly: “Well, Hitler did a lot of good things. ”. Kelly, who was dumbfounded, was explaining to him how the sides in that conflict were formed and showing him his links to World War II and the atrocities of Nazism when the New York tycoon was dispatched with that phrase, which this week he denied having uttered.
Frankly, we did win this election also addresses the protests and riots in the cities of Seattle and Portland last summer, within the mobilizations against racism that occurred throughout the country in the wake of the death of African American George Floyd in an arrest police. According to the book, Trump asked his senior military and security forces to be more violent against the protesters. “Give them a stick,” “shoot them,” he even said in a meeting, according to Bender’s work. The Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and Prosecutor Barr, present there replied, and then asked: “Well, then shoot them in the leg, or in the foot.”
Donald Trump’s victory gave a string of books; his mandate, for many others; but only what happened last year could already fill the Library of Congress, which explains this editorial fever. The work of The Washington Post journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History. ) reveals, for example, that the Republican was much sicker than it transpired, because in that 2020 in which everything happened, there was not even the president’s illness due to covid-19.
Michael Wolff, author of the famous Fire and Fury on the White House, published in 2018, includes in these last days of presidency the frenzied hours of January 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the capitol in order to torpedo confirmation of Biden’s electoral victory. After his speech inflaming the troops, the president assured that he was not referring to a rebellion in the “literal sense” and was concerned about the violence he saw on television: “This is terrible. Who are these people? These are not our people, look how these idiots are dressed. They look like Democrats. “
Members of the Trump White House have also begun to recount their memory of this indelible time. From his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, to his also adviser Kellyanne Conway, or the vice president, Mike Pence, they have reached agreements to publish books, not without a good controversy through the publishing houses that have negotiated it, as is the case with Simon & Schuster with the former president’s number two. Donald Trump himself has said that he is “writing like a madman” about his four-year tenure. It will be, he promises, “the book of all books.”