There’s a fascinating new report from Wall Street Journal journalist Michael Bender that provides further proof of Donald Trump’s unhinged behavior in the final months of his presidency. According to Bender’s reporting, Trump told a number of advisers in May of 2020 that whoever leaked the story of him and the first family hiding in the White House bunker during the peak of the Black Lives Matter protests ought to be executed for treason. The story is documented in Bender’s forthcoming book Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost. He writes, “Trump boiled over about the bunker story as soon as they arrived and shouted at them to smoke out whoever had leaked it. It was the most upset some aides had ever seen the president.” The White House Chief of Staff at the time, Mark Meadows, did his best to calm the president down and vowed to find out who did it, although it doesn’t appear that he ever did.
This is yet another case of Donald Trump being a complete and total hypocrite. Calling for the execution of whoever leaked the information goes against law and order, due process, the Constitution, and everything else conservatives claim to be about. The former president’s spokesperson Liz Harrington has denied the report, saying Trump “never said this or suggested it to anyone.” Trump was so triggered about people finding out that he was hiding in a bunker during the protests that he made up a story about how he was merely doing an “inspection” of the bunker, as if that’s something a president does. Once again, we have an example of Trump making a big deal out of a story that really isn’t all that bad in the first place, but making it worse for himself by lying and going over the top with threats of violence and whacked out comments.
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