Michael Wolff’s third book concerning Donald Trump’s presidency is due for release July 13.
The explosive report of Trump’s involvement in, and reaction to, the attack on the Capitol on the 6th of January explores the exchanges between the then-president and his subordinates.
According to an excerpt of Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency was printed by Wolff in New York Magazine, Trump refuted claims he told his followers, “we’re going to walk down [to the Capitol to protest] – and I’ll be there with you” despite it being on film. Trump is reported to have then said “I didn’t mean it literally.”
There was also reported “puzzlement” from Trump when he saw his supporters breaking into Capitol and he is reported by Wolff to have asked “who these people were with their low-rent ‘trailer camp’ bearing and their ‘get-ups’, once joking that he should have invested in a chain of tattoo parlours and shaking his head about ‘the great unwashed’.”
As the riot continued and became steadily more violent, leading to five deaths and Trump’s eventual second impeachment for inciting the insurrection, Trump and his family were watching on TV in the White House. Conversations then began about how the Trump followers involved could be abandoned.
According to Wolff’s book, Trump “seemed to begin the transition from seeing the mob as people protesting the election – defending him so he would defend them – to seeing them as ‘not our people’”.
Trump then asked: “How bad is this? This looks terrible. This is really bad. Who are these people? These aren’t our people, these idiots with these outfits. They look like Democrats”, adding “we didn’t tell people to do something like this. We told people to be peaceful. I even said ‘peaceful’ and ‘patriotic’ in my speech!”