Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson has a new tell-all about the Trump administration. Naturally, the mainstream media is embracing and amplifying Hutchinson’s account.
“Cassidy Hutchinson paints the closing days of the Trump White House as even more chaotic and lawless than she previously disclosed in her shocking televised testimony last summer,” CNN reported. “President Donald Trump lashes out unpredictably and makes wild demands. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows leaks classified documents to friendly right-wing media figures and burns documents. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani gropes Hutchinson inappropriately the day of the Capitol insurrection.”
The book offers a deep dive, behind-the-scenes look that has liberals salivating.
2020 Election and Donald Trump
Hutchinson shares her perspective, from within the White House, in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Notably, according to Cassidy, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy acknowledged openly that Joe Biden won the election and that Trump lost – an acknowledgment McCarthy refrained from making publicly.
According to Hutchinson, Meadows once told her, “Cass, if I can get through this job and manage to keep [Trump] out of jail, I’ll have done a good job.”
The book is consistent with Hutchinson’s testimony to the January 6th committee, for which she became widely known, and for which liberals celebrated as “the most damning inside account of Trump’s actions.”
Hutchinson is that rare Trump-defector whom liberals seem to value above all others. Like Liz Cheney, Anthony Scaramucci, or Mitt Romney. Liberals seem to love Republicans who turn on Trump, likely as a validation of the myopic hate liberals feel for Trump.
To that end, the Republicans who do turn on turn Trump are always lionized. Hutchinson is no different. Here’s a good example: “Before you read Cassidy Hutchinson’s book ‘Enough,’ remember her bravery.” It’s amusing how quickly people (in this case, MSNBC) are willing to move past the fact that Hutchinson spent years advancing the Trump agenda.
An Inside Look: Trump World Like Mob World?
“To hear Hutchinson tell it,” CNN reported, “the Trump world felt almost like a criminal organization where loyalty was prized above everything.”
Trump’s demands for absolute loyalty are well documented, and do harken popular conceptions of mob. But I do wonder how unique Trump’s loyalty expectations are. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Trump was just one of many elected officials who value and indeed demand loyalty from their staff.
“Would you take a bullet for [Trump]?” Meadows allegedly asked Hutchinson.
“Could it be to the leg?” Hutchinson joked.
Meadows allegedly responded that he would “do anything” to get Trump reelected.
Watching the End
“Hutchinson describes a White House that in its final weeks had turned to utter lawlessness,” CNN reported, “with Meadows regularly burning documents in the fireplace of the chief of staff’s office. Apparently, Meadows was burning documents so regularly that his office would become smoky and his suits would smell like a bonfire.
A lot of it is vague at times, at least with respect to the bigger picture is concerned.
“I don’t care how you do it just get it ****** done!” Hutchinson heard Trump screaming. What “it” referred to Hutchinson couldn’t say, yet she felt the incident was significant enough to retell in her book. Was Trump referring to something nefarious? It’s certainly framed that way – and the mainstream media accepts it that way. But who knows. The person within earshot of the statement didn’t know what it was about, so the public’s speculation is fairly pointless.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor and opinion writer at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.