A forthcoming book by a pair of Washington Post reporters claims that then-Attorney General William Barr used frank language with President Donald Trump to warn him that suburban voters were turning against him ahead of the 2020 election.
According to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, authors of the book “Peril,” Barr told Trump in April 2020 that although the then-president’s base “cares about seeing [fired FBI Director James Comey] and the rest of those guys held accountable,” voters in the suburbs “don’t care about your f**king grievances.”
“In my opinion, this is not a base election,” the former AG told Trump, according to the authors.
“Your base is critical, and you’ll get it out. And there are a lot of people out there, independents and Republicans in the suburbs of the critical states, that think you’re an a**hole. They think you act like an a**hole, and you got to, you got to start taking that into account,” Barr reportedly said.
The authors went on to say that during that April 2020 conversation, Barr also told Trump that the president’s “main problem” was that he believed he was a “f**king genius, politically,” but the then-president said he wasn’t about to change his style or approach.
“I need to be a fighter. I’ve gotten where I am because I’m willing to fight,” Trump reportedly told his attorney general.
If true, those were not the only words of disagreement between the former president and AG.
Axios reported in January that Barr said that Trump’s claims of widespread vote fraud during the 2020 election were “bulls**t.”
“White House counsel Pat Cipollone and a few other aides in the room were shocked Barr had come out and said it — although they knew it was true. For good measure, the attorney general threw in a warning that the new legal team Trump was betting his future on was ‘clownish,’” the site reported.
“Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump. There’s no other reason for it. You must hate Trump,” the president said in response, according to the outlet.
“These things aren’t panning out,” Barr responded, according to Axios. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.”
The attorney general went on to tell Trump that if he wanted to contest election results he would have to do so using his own legal team. But, he added, the Justice Department had looked into his claims of fraud but did not find them credible.
“It’s just bulls**t,” Barr reportedly told Trump.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr would go on to note in public comments regarding the election outcome.
About a month later, Barr handed in his resignation. He would go on to launch a broadside against his former boss following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, blaming it on Trump’s rhetoric.
“Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable. The president’s conduct yesterday was a betrayal of his office and supporters,” Barr said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The latest “bombshells” from the two liberal reporters peddling books can be added to the mountain of negative reporting on the former president. The day ends in “Y” after all.
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