Woodward and Costa additionally write that Barr known as Trump’s authorized workforce “a bunch of clowns.”
Other Republicans went together with Trump’s fantasies concerning the election, at the least for some time. Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell, who nonetheless wished Trump’s assist in the runoff elections for the 2 US Senate seats from Georgia, defined to Barr, “I have to be gentle,” in accordance to the book.
“And this is the thanks I got?” Trump requested. “You never really got me. You don’t understand me.”
McConnell ended the decision, in accordance to the authors, by telling Trump, “You lost the election. The Electoral College has spoken.”
The book details a non-public name McCarthy had with Trump the evening earlier than Biden’s inauguration. According to Woodward and Costa, McCarthy informed Trump, “I don’t know what’s happened to you in the last two months. … You’re not the same as you were for the last four years.”
McCarthy then repeatedly pleaded with Trump to name Biden.
“You’ve done good things and you want that to be your legacy. Call Joe Biden,” McCarthy stated, in accordance to the authors.
“Do it for me,” the GOP chief continued. “You’ve got to call him. Call Joe Biden.”
Trump refused McCarthy’s request and by no means known as Biden.
“This guy called me every single day, pretended to be my best friend, and then, he fucked me. He’s not a good guy,” Trump informed associates at a February dinner, making clear he was nonetheless indignant with McCarthy. “Kevin came down to kiss my ass and wants my help to win the House back.”
Even after January 6, senior Republicans continued to debate how to reap the benefits of Trump’s reputation with the Republican base. Woodward and Costa write that McConnell noticed Trump as a fading model, describing him with a horse-racing analogy as a retired “OTTB,” or off-the-track thoroughbred.
“Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works,” McConnell stated, in accordance to “Peril.”
Woodward and Costa write that Graham was “like an addiction counselor struggling to keep his patient from taking one more drink.”
“We can’t do it without you, Mr. President,” Graham informed Trump after a spherical of golf in May, in accordance to the authors. “You have to help us. But you’re going to have to focus on the future, not the past, to maximize our chance at success.”
Then Graham gave Trump a dose of robust love in a cellphone name, telling Trump, “You fucked your presidency up,” in accordance to the book. Trump abruptly hung up.
They spoke once more the following day, in accordance to the book, and Graham stated he did not blame Trump for hanging up. Trump lamented he would “lose my base” if he modified. But Graham urged Trump to deal with 2024, saying it will be the “biggest comeback in American history.”
“I think he’s redeemable,” Graham concluded of Trump, in accordance to the authors. “I think he’s got magic and I think he’s got darkness.”