Numerous books have been published on the Trump administration detailing all sorts of incredible displays of incompetencies, outright corruption, and intentional cruelty. It seems likely that writers will be mining the worst presidency in American history for years to come, but none so well as famed journalist Bob Woodward. He has already published two books on President Trump and his upcoming release Peril, co-written with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, is already making waves as excerpts hit the internet.
According to the book, Trump’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley was so worried in the days after the January 6th insurrection that he secretly took steps to prevent the president from starting a war or launching nuclear weapons. Milley reportedly “was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies.”
“You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” Milley said to a senior staff member. The Chairman held a meeting on January 8th and instructed military officials that they were not to obey orders related to military action, including nuclear strikes, unless he was personally involved.
“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,” said Milley, who was clearly concerned that Trump might bypass the proper safeguards and procedure in order to take unilateral action.
The book likely contains more disturbing revelations, but thankfully not all of them are related to possibly world-ending scenarios. The book also dishes on some of the disparaging comments Trump has made about members of his own party behind closed doors. He has taken particular issue with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy since losing the presidency and resents him and the other Republicans who correctly blamed him for the capitol insurrection.
“This guy called me every single day, pretended to be my best friend, and then, he f*cked me. He’s not a good guy,” Trump said of McCarthy, who eventually backtracked on his January 6th remarks in craven fashion after realizing the stranglehold the former president still has on the GOP base.
“Kevin came down to kiss my ass and wants my help to win the House back,” said Trump. This kind of disrespect and disdain is exactly what cowards like McCarthy deserve for enabling Trump and refusing to properly condemn him. Trump is a mercurial egomaniac who will turn on allies at the drop of a hat. If you lie down with the dogs, you get up with fleas.