Journalists have been reading excerpts from advanced copies of “Peril” and that is not good news for Donald Trump, his legacy, or his future political aspirations. The book includes accounts of Trump lashing out irrationally at members of his administration in the Oval Office after he decidedly lost re-election. Reported in the Washington Post was this description of the concern that was building about Trump’s mental statec ;
“his aides — including General Milley, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Attorney General William P. Barr — became convinced that they needed to take drastic measures to stop him from trampling on American democracy or setting off an international conflict, and General Milley thought that Mr. Trump had declined mentally in the aftermath of the election.” Many Trump loyalists in the government and the military became aware of a change in Trump after he lost the election. General Milley told Woodward and Acosta that Trump appeared to be in “mental decline.” Other revelations revealed by the authors to the Post were;
- General Milley called his Chinese counterpart, General Li to reassure him that the United States was not going to attack China, despite the destabilizing images of the insurrection and Trump’s erratic, ” big steal” behavior.
- General Milley called Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reassure her that despite their mutual opinion of him “being crazy”, he promised her he could stop Trump doing something militarily crazy.”
- Milley convened a meeting of top commanders at the Pentagon to go over procedures for launching a nuclear weapon. He made it clear he was to be involved if the president were to order a strike.
Military officers commented on CNN that although General Milley’s actions were uncommon, however, because of Trump’s erratic behaviors, he might be viewed as a hero. His actions were motivated by an oath to protect the country in all ways, including potential presidential recklessness. Milley was not the only top level official who was concerned about Trump’s mental state and potential unstable decision-making. After Trump lost re-election, CIA Director Gina Haspel described his behavior as “a six-year-old throwing a tantrum” and expressed concern about potential actions he could take “might get dangerous.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Trump loyalist who may have committed illegal acts for Trump, said post-election ” Trump is in a very dark place.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper supported Milley’s decision to contact General Li in China to reassure him the U.S. was stable and functional. All of these upper level government officials shared concern about Trump’s mental state and feared he was capable of taking actions that could be dangerous and detrimental to America.
Despite Trump’s cries of treason and for General Milley to be fired, his reputation has wide-reaching approval. Military professionals, such as Admiral William McRaven confirm that the Joint Chief Of Staff has the authority to contact their international counterparts when it relates to national security and the stabilization of international relations with allies and adversaries. The dumbest president in U.S. history is yelling treason against Milley, revealing he doesn’t know the meaning of the word. He cried treason countless times during his presidency in situations where someone opposed him or acted in opposition to him. His constitutional illiteracy was and still is an embarrassment to the office of the presidency.
“Peril” also reveals a disturbing, however, not surprising account of Vice President Mike Pence’s efforts to try to accommodate Trump’s attempt to steal the election. In the book, Pence is said to have called former Vice President Dan Quayle to ask if there was any way he could meet Trump’s request to return the electoral votes to the states and have them re-certified in favor of him winning the election. Quayle proved himself to be a sane, law-abiding patriot by informing Pence “you have no flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away,” Quayle, who served as vice president under President George H.W. Bush told Pence “follow the law.” By making that call, Pence proved he would have compromised our democracy and illegally reinstated Trump as President if he could have gotten away with it.
That call is evidence that Trump almost succeeded in destroying the American democracy by frightening his wimpy VP into blocking the transition of power to Joe Biden, our newly, legitimately elected president. The GOP is infected by the most mentally disordered, corrupt, traitors to the American democracy in American history. These members of Congress are complicit in the plan to corrupt the American election process to give their party the control to overturn results of state elections when Republicans lose. Crazy MAGA cultists and corrupt GOP politicians would love that anti-democracy law to pass in red states. They will love the results of this strategy until Democratic-run states become the majority and put an end to Republicans getting elected into Congress.
Woodward and Acosta’s book “Peril” goes on sale Tuesday, Sept. 21. The level of concern about Trump’s declining mental state by credible sources reminds us of why Trump still poses a threat to democracy, especially because the GOP isn’t finished using him to try to regain the majority in House and Senate. With the number of investigations underway into the grifter, Trump, it would be wise for Republicans looking to run in the 2022 mid, -term elections to have a plan B. It is becoming highly probable that he will be unavailable to run or endorse candidates in 2022. Po