Veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book Fear: Trump in the White House was previewed this morning by the Post, and it offers a shocking glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of a White House in absolute chaos.
One of the most telling themes of the book is the president’s constant abuse of his underlings, most notably his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who he reportedly mocked as a “retard” for his Southern accent.
“This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”
Trump turned against Sessions, once a close ally and partner-in-racism, when the Attorney General recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation after his secret meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came to light. Trump called him a “traitor” — but for betraying him and removing Sessions’ ability to interfere in the Russia investigation on Trump’s behalf, not for holding secret meetings with agents of hostile foreign powers.
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Woodward notes that the President often mocks those around him, reportedly puffing up his chest in a caricature of Chief of Staff John Kelly, “puffing up his chest and exaggerating his breathing as he impersonated the retired Army general, and once said McMaster dresses in cheap suits, ‘like a beer salesman.'”
That certainly doesn’t help earn him any goodwill among his staff, who appear to be constantly on the verge of mutiny if the reports in this book are to be believed. Staffers have even taken to stealing memos and documents off of the president’s desk to prevent him from signing them.
The willingness of so many senior staffers to vent their frustrations to the media is a clear sign that this administration is coming apart at the seams, and it couldn’t come quickly enough. We’re sure all of the President’s southern supporters will be overjoyed to hear about how he really feels about them.