The Chief’s Chief is the most important book on the Trump presidency. In his memoir, Mark Meadows confesses that he may have put Joe Biden’s life in danger and then covered it up – all in easy-to-digest prose and a no-frills voice. At the very least, the book provided plenty of ammunition for Donald Trump to conclude that Meadows “betrayed” him.
In fact, regarding the events in Cleveland on September 29, 2020, Meadows writes: “We will probably never know if President Trump was positive that night. But we know it very well could have been.
And to think that Trump gave Meadows a blurb for his cover: “We’ll have a great future together.” Hopefully Meadows received at least 30 silver coins as an advance.
In numbers, Trump has come into contact with around 500 people between the time he received his first positive test, which was followed by a negative test, and his announcement that he did indeed have Covid. Unsurprisingly, Trump blamed others for transmitting the virus to him, even hinting that the Gold Star’s military families had.
Last week, after the Guardian broke the news of Meadows ‘book, New York Times’ Michael Shear recalled: “Hours after receiving the call from Meadows informing him of a positive test, Trump came to the back of AF1 without a mask and spoke with reporters for about 10 minutes.
“Several days later,” Shear himself tested positive.
The 45th chair looks like “patient zero,” a super-spreader all by himself.
Changing the subject, Meadows tags Biden for being too handy and says Andrew Cuomo ogled Hope Hicks. Unsurprisingly, Meadows fails to mention the allegations against his own boss. Just an example? E Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Trump, resulting from alleged rape in a department store locker room.
Turning to Republican politics, Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, accuses John Boehner, former speaker of the House, of acting like a “Mafia Don”. Again, Meadows doesn’t mention the boss’s behavior.
As Joshua Green reports in Devil’s Bargain, Trump once bonded with Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, like: “You treat me like a baby! Am I like a baby to you … Am I a fucking baby, Paul? “
Manafort was convicted of banking and tax charges in 2018. But he remained a staunch foot soldier and was pardoned by Trump.
A few weeks before Christmas, Meadows adds the following quote from Trump as a holiday bonus: “Only I can save us. “
Meadows is not the only former Trump administration trying his best to portray their man as America’s savior. But he’s the only one to let us know that Trump tested positive before he went negative. And that makes his book one for the ages.
ohother Trump insider Christmas stocking articles indicate they were either unaware of this fateful Covid test or were careful not to share. Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s last press secretary; Peter Navarro, economic advisor; and Scott Atlas, a Covid advisor, are releasing their own books.
In her unsaid, McEnany makes sure we know her credentials and reiterates her claim that she never lied to reporters. After all, she writes, her studies at “Oxford, Harvard and Georgetown” meant that she always relied on “truthful, well-researched and well-researched information.”
She doesn’t mention much of her time at the University of Miami. But whatever. Elite degrees say more about future income and marriage prospects than a penchant for the truth. Trump attended the University of Pennsylvania. Boris Johnson, Oxford. Richard Nixon went to Duke and Bill Clinton graduated from Yale.
Nixon was struck off the bar, Clinton’s license suspended. Boris is Boris.
McEnany thanks the deity on several occasions. Its title, For Such a Time as This, is inspired by the Book of Esther. She remains on the post for over 200 pages, praising Trump for standing up for “faith, conservatism, and freedom.” But this first positive Covid test, on September 26, described by Meadows and since confirmed by Maggie Haberman and other pillars of the Washington press? Nada.
McEnany writes that on October 1, 2020, two days after the Trump-Biden debate, she first learned that Trump and Melania had “tested positive for Covid-19.” On October 2, Trump was helicoptered to hospital. On October 5, McEnany learned that she also had the virus. She does not draw limits on Trump’s recklessness.
“Fortunately,” she wrote, “everyone in the White House has made a full recovery, including me.”
Not true. McEnany does not mention Crede Bailey, head of the White House security office. When she was Trump’s press secretary, she did.
Asked about Bailey during a briefing, McEnany said: “Our hearts go out to his family. They have asked for privacy. And he is recovering, from what I understand. We are very happy to see this. But he and his family will be in our prayers.
On a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Bailey’s treatment, a friend wrote: ‘Crede beat Covid-19 but it came at a significant cost: his big toe on his left foot as well as his right foot and lower leg were to be amputated. “Bailey also suffered long-term lung, heart, liver and kidney damage. According to his family, Trump has never publicly acknowledged Bailey’s” disease. “
McEnany delivers a bouquet to Meadows.
“You were a constant reminder of the faith,” she exclaims. “Thank you for being an inspiring leader for the entire West Wing. “
Navarro would probably disagree. In fact, it’s a safe bet that he would agree with Trump’s new assessment of Meadows’ intelligence.
In his book In Trump Time, Navarro repeatedly berates Meadows for lack of loyalty and accessibility. According to Navarro, after Trump’s defeat to Biden, the heart and body of the White House chief of staff was too often not in the White House.
“Wherever the heck” Meadows, Navarro said, he sounded “like Napoleon after Waterloo, preparing to be shipped to Elba Island.”
Navarro also blames Meadows for ignoring an alleged 2019 warning from Republican activist and lawyer Cleta Mitchell that Democrats “were about to steal the election.” When Meadows was pressed in September 2020 about his inability to act on that advice, Navarro said all he could understand was, “It just didn’t happen.”
The fact that the House and Senate documented Meadows’ efforts to put pressure on Republican election officials does not impress Navarro.
The chief’s chief may have also waived Meadows’ claim of executive privilege. Either way, Meadows’ latest about-face on cooperation with the House select committee investigating the events of January 6 is unlikely to change Navarro’s impression of him.
As for Mitchell, she resigned from her law firm over her role in an infamous call between Trump and Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state.
In addition to pushing the line that Democrats stole the election, Navarro lambasted many officials for not facing China, including Mike Pence. Significantly, as he takes on Trump’s doomed vice president, Navarro sounds like a now-familiar trope from the undemocratic right.
He calls Pence a traitorous “Brutus” who betrayed Trump, an “American Caesar”. Has Navarro forgotten that gallows with Pence’s name on it? Either way, the cry for a murdered Roman emperor is a full-throated compliment.
During the 2016 campaign, Paul LePage, then governor of Maine, believed that Trump must show “authoritarian power.” Last May, Michael Anton of the right-wing Claremont Institute questioned whether the United States needed a Caesar. Anton was joined on the air by Curtis Yarvin, aka Mencius Moldbug, a self-proclaimed monarchist and pillar of the Dark Lights, a take adopted by the alt-right.
Navarro demands “full forensic audits” of the 2020 election and postulates that the January 6 insurgency may have been “carried out by those who sought to provoke an attack on our Capitol in order to derail” a constituency victory from Trump.
In At Plague Upon Our House, Scott Atlas sues Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci for making headlines but ignores both Trump’s prediction that Covid, “one day – it’s like a miracle – it will disappear” and his admission to Bob Woodward that Covid would be worse than he told the public.
Covid has killed nearly 800,000 Americans – and it continues. The United States faces another Covid winter, with more than 100,000 new cases per day and the Omicron variant looming. Resistance to vaccines and deaths from Covid have become hallmarks of the red state.
Atlas is a radiologist and fellow of the Hoover Institution Conservative at Stanford University. He joined Trump’s White House in August 2020 and resigned after the election.
As a Covid adviser, he opposed the expansion of testing and isolation, calling such measures “grossly misguided”. On the contrary, he argued that the virus can be hindered and that herd immunity is achieved once 20-25% of the population has contracted it. In his book, he seems to dismiss the impact of the long Covid.
Faced with an open letter from Stanford faculty disputing his credentials, Atlas threatened legal retaliation. Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer, demanded an immediate retraction. None followed.
Atlas, however, was right about one big thing: to oppose the school closures, which he called a “glaring and inexplicable” political failure. The closures have helped to cost Virginia Democrats dearly. Glenn Youngkin’s victory in this gubernatorial race was more than a critical race theory.
Trump and Trumpism will remain a force of the Republican Party for years to come. Meadows, McEnaney, Navarro and Atlas are counting on it.
Earlier this month, however, Chris Christie spoke at a DC poohbahs dinner.
“I gave Donald Trump my unwavering loyalty,” he said. “And as we learned this week, he definitely gave me Covid. “
Just a reminder, folks.