Legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran Washington Post reporter Robert Costa interviewed more than 200 firsthand participants and witnesses for their forthcoming book ‘Peril,’ and some of the excerpts are revealing. And in one excerpt obtained by CNN, the authors reveal that former President Donald Trump doesn’t like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and he doesn’t trust the California Republican. The former president is still holding a grudge against Republicans who blamed him for the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.
“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 said, according to the authors of the forthcoming book.
“While McCarthy has walked back his initial comments after the insurrection, Trump is quoted as dismissing McCarthy’s attempts to get back into his good graces,” CNN reports.
“Kevin came down to kiss my ass and wants my help to win the House back,” Trump said, according to the book.
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Apparently, Trump is completely unaware that he’s the leader of the GOP, and Republicans shouldn’t have to kiss his ass to help win the House back. At any rate, Trump doesn’t appear to like McCarthy one bit, and there’s a reason for that.
McCarthy reportedly spoke to Trump from inside the US Capitol while under siege by a mob of the former president’s supporters. McCarthy pleaded with Trump to call off the mob.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump told McCarthy.
McCarthy shot back, “Who the fuck do you think you are talking to?”
After the deadly insurrection, McCarthy blamed Trump for his role in the attack on the Capitol.
“What we saw last week was not the American way, neither is the continued rhetoric that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president,” McCarthy said at the time. “Let’s be clear: Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the US in one week because he won the election.”
And that’s why Trump detests McCarthy. Narcissists fear being exposed and being blamed for, well, just about anything, and the insurrection was a pretty big deal. After all, the twice-impeached one-term president incited the attack on U.S. soil. That certainly exposes him. The insurrection will go down in this history books, and I’m sure it won’t give a flattering view of the former president on that day.
Featured image via Kevin McCarthy/House.gov