Friday, October 21, 2022

the last book I ever read (Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, excerpt twelve)

from Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael C. Bender:

Administration officials like Pompeo and Milley believed some of Trump’s new hires were conspiracy theorists and discussed whether others might have links to neo-Nazi groups. Senior administration officials weren’t completely sure what Trump was up to, and they started hitting the panic button.

“The crazies have taken over,” Pompeo warned a colleague about the White House.

Pompeo worried that foreign adversaries might view the domestic instability from the electoral uncertainty being fanned by Trump as an opportunity to exploit. Pompeo left one senior administration official with the impressions that he was also concerned about the possibility that Trump might engage in a foreign conflict as a way to strengthen his political argument for remaining in office. Pompeo suggested a daily call with Meadows and Milley to all stay on the same page when it came to hot spots overseas.

But publicly, Pompeo played a cynical political hand and fed into the fraud conspiracy when, during a State Department news conference on November 10, he said he anticipated a second Trump term.

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