Former Attorney General William Barr reportedly warned Donald Trump months before he lost re-election that suburban Republican voters “think you’re an asshole.”
That’s according to Business Insider, which got a first copy of “Peril,” the new book from Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. In one passage, the book describes Barr attempting to give Trump some useful campaign advice by telling him those suburban voters don’t care about his “fucking grievances,” Business Insider says.
During the brutal Oval Office meeting in April 2020, Barr reportedly urged the president to focus on the national response to COVID-19 and the economic recovery, and “not all that other shit, not all of the grievances you have.”
The book goes on to say that Barr tries to convince Trump that he must convince more moderate Republicans if he is to be re-elected, according to Business Insider. “The main problem,” Barr reportedly told the president, “do you think you’re a fucking genius, politically.”
“There are a lot of people out there, independents and Republicans in the suburbs of critical states who think you are an asshole,” Barr reportedly told Trump. “They think you are acting like an asshole and you have to, you have to start taking it into account.”
If Trump continued as he was, Barr warned, “You’re going to lose the election,” the book says, according to Business Insider.
Trump lost to Joe Biden by 7 million votes, then launched a whole new round of grievances over how the “rigged” election was “stolen” from him.
Barr said in an interview with The Atlantic earlier this year that he told Trump in late November that his allegations of voter fraud were “bullshit.”
The former attorney general also said publicly in early December that the Justice Department found no evidence of electoral fraud that could alter the election outcome. He announced his resignation a few days later.
Learn more about “Peril” here.
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