Former President Donald Trump, in a book published Tuesday by Michael Wolff, said he was “very disappointed” with the votes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, his own hard-won candidate, and that he “did not get the vote. courage you need to be great righteousness. “
Driving the news: “There were so many more I could have named, and everyone wanted me to do that,” Trump told Wolff in an interview for the insolent titled “Landslide. ”
- “Where would he be without me?” I saved his life. He wouldn’t even be in a law firm. Who would have had it? Nobody. Totally dishonored. I am the only one who saved him. “
Between the lines: After the election, as Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported in his “Off the Rails” series, Trump saved his worst poison for the people he said owed him because he got them their jobs.
- He would scream endlessly about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s betrayal, reminding people how he climbed in the primary polls after Trump approved it.
- During lunches in the private dining room adjoining the Oval Office, Trump remembered how he had saved Kavanaugh by staying by his side.
- For Kavanaugh not making Trump’s offer on the issue of ultimate importance – overturning the election – was, in Trump’s mind, a betrayal of the utmost importance.
Wolff writes that Trump feels betrayed by the three judges he appointed to the tribunal, including Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, but “reserved a particular bile for Kavanaugh.”
- Recalling the brutal confirmation fight, Trump said, “Almost every senator called me … and said, ‘Let him go, sir, set him free. He’s killing us, Kavanaugh. ‘ … I said, ‘I can’t do this.’ “
- “I had a lot of time to choose someone else, ”Trump continued. “I went through this thing and fought like hell for Kavanaugh – and I saved his life, and I saved his career. At great cost to me … okay? I fought for this guy and kept him. “
“I do not want anything … But I’m very disappointed with him, with his decisions, ”Trump said.
- “I can not even believe what is happening. I am very disappointed with Kavanaugh. I just told you something that I haven’t told a lot of people. In retrospect, he just didn’t have the courage you need to be a Grand Judge. I rely on more than elections. “
Wolff gives an entertaining account what it was like for book writers who had interviews with Trump at Mar-a-Lago:
It’s called the salon, but it’s actually the Mar-a-Lago hall, a large Rococo entrance with a vaulted ceiling, part hunting lodge, part Renaissance palace. But it really is the throne room. … He sits, in a regulatory dark suit and shiny baby blue or tan red tie, on a low chair in the center of the room, his legs almost delicately rolled to the side, seeing a line of pleaders or chatting on the phone, all public conversations.
And why Trump talk to Wolff, who wrote two previous bestsellers with devastating tales of Trump’s dysfunction?
- “The fact that he spoke to me could only reasonably be explained by his absolute conviction that his voice alone has the power to change reality, ”writes Wolff.
- Trump told Wolff: “I don’t blame you. I blame my people.”