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Former Attorney General Bill Barr warned then-President Trump that he would lose in 2024 because suburban voters think he’s an ‘a**hole’ and don’t care about his deep state ‘grievances’ in a blunt, profanity-laced appeal to his ex-boss, according to a new book.
‘This is not a base election. Your base is critical, and you’ll get it out,’ Barr told Trump in the Oval Office, according to an excerpt from ‘Peril’ obtained by Business Insider released Friday.
But he warned Trump that he needed to widen his appeal.
‘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.’
At the time the coronavirus pandemic was breaking daily records and hospitals across the country struggled.
But in the weeks before the election Trump was focused on battling the media, who he accused of playing up the pandemic to sabotage his campaign.
At the same time he was still touting Barr-appointed investigator John Durham’s probe into the origins of the Russia investigation that Trump claims was the work of ‘deep state’ actors.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr allegedly told then-President Trump ahead of the 2020 election that he would lose if he didn’t take into account the fact that suburban voters think he’s an ‘a**hole,’ new book ‘Peril’ claims
The probe produced an indictment on Thursday but hasn’t found wrongdoing among senior FBI and DOJ staff.
Barr suggested Trump turn his attention to the health crisis at hand, ‘not all this other s**t, not every grievance you have.’
Republicans simply ‘don’t give a s**t,’ he told him, according to the book.
‘Your base cares about seeing [James Comey] and the rest of those guys held accountable, but these other people don’t,’ Barr said.
The book is written by two Washington Post reporters
‘They don’t care about your f**king grievances. And it just seems that every time you’re out there, you’re talking about your goddamn grievances.’
Trump reportedly defended himself against Barr’s blunt advice.
‘I need to be a fighter. I’ve gotten where I am because I’m willing to fight,’ Trump said.
According to the book, Barr had to mull how to approach the ex-president, at a time when the US was grappling with a deadly pandemic and tensions across the country were high ahead of the election.
He reportedly decided telling Trump ‘you’re going to lose’ the election was the best way.
Several high-ranking Trump officials had been trying to steer the country away from what they feared would be a national crisis over the outcome of the election.
A frustrated Barr allegedly confronted Trump over his baseless claims the election was rigged. He told Trump on November 23 that his theories were ‘bulls**t.’
Six days after the election Barr issued a written memo to US attorneys around the country authorizing them to look into possibly ballot fraud or irregularities in the vote count.
According to ‘Peril’ Barr is just one top Trump official who was trying to desperately steer the US in a direction away from what they thought was a potential national crisis
But on December 1, he told an Associated Press reporter point blank that ‘to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.’
His public refusal to go along with Trump’s claims has made him a frequent target of the former commander-in-chief’s rage.
Barr ultimately stepped down in late December.
The excerpt it the latest bombshell from ‘Peril,’ written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that has painted a picture of an administration trying desperately to steer its leader away from chaos.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley has been hit by a wave of criticism and calls for firing or even a court martial after a section of the book released earlier claimed he made two phone calls to his counterpart in China behind Trump’s back over fears the president would go rogue in a desperate attempt to stay in office.
Trump himself called Milley a ‘nutjob’ who committed ‘treason,’ but President Joe Biden has made it clear he’s standing firm behind the embattled general.