The Washington Post this morning posted a lengthy excerpt from Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker’s coming book, I Alone Can Fix It.
This bit from election night is getting attention:
After a while, Rudy Giuliani started to cause a commotion. He was telling other guests that he had come up with a strategy for Trump and was trying to get into the president’s private quarters to tell him about it. Some people thought Giuliani may have been drinking too much and suggested to Stepien that he go talk to the former New York mayor. Stepien, Meadows and Jason Miller took Giuliani down to a room just off the Map Room to hear him out.
Giuliani went state by state asking Stepien, Meadows and Miller what they were seeing and what their plan was. “What’s happening in Michigan?” he asked. They said it was too early to tell, votes were still being counted and they couldn’t say. “Just say we won,” Giuliani told them. Same thing in Pennsylvania. “Just say we won Pennsylvania,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani’s grand plan was to just say Trump won, state after state, based on nothing. Stepien, Miller and Meadows thought his argument was both incoherent and irresponsible. “We can’t do that,” Meadows said, raising his voice. “We can’t.”
Read the full excerpt.
“You are an island unto yourself right now. You are not tethered. Your loyalty is to the Constitution. You represent the stability of this republic,” a friend told Gen. Mark Milley on Election Night, foreseeing the dangers that might come from Trump. https://t.co/AAix1kraW9
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 13, 2021
Def Secretary Esper “repeatedly told his deputies that he wanted this election to be…indisputably clear who had won. He had feared that anything less might give Trump some shred of a reason to call out troops.”
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) July 13, 2021
Have you ever been so wasted that you’ve tried to persuade a president to falsely declare victory in an election? No? Well, according to a new book, that’s what Rudy Giuliani was up to on Election Night. https://t.co/Yrg5mGf5fs
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 13, 2021