Twice impeached Florida retiree Donald Trump reacted in the extreme after it was revealed that he cowardly fled to the White House bunker in response to peaceful protests outside.
Thousands of Americans flocked to the White House last summer to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. It’s not unusual for there to be large gatherings of protesters at the White House. But Trump hid in the bunker for nearly an hour despite not really ever being in any danger. And as soon as Trump’s cowering was revealed, Americans mocked him as he soon became known as “bunker boy” for being scared of protesters.
Even President Joe Biden mocked Trump for hiding in the bunker.
Upon learning that his bunker time was no longer a secret, Trump reportedly threw a temper tantrum and demanded that whoever leaked the information be executed for treason.
“Trump boiled over about the bunker story as soon as they arrived and shouted at them to smoke out whoever had leaked it,” Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender wrote in his new book. “It was the most upset some aides had ever seen the president.”
“Whoever did that, they should be charged with treason! They should be executed!” Trump yelled.
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows “repeatedly tried to calm the president as startled aides avoided eye contact,” Bender writes, adding that Trump’s top aide told his boss: “I’m on it. We’re going to find out who did it.”
Trump, angry over the leak for days, “repeatedly asked Meadows if he’d found the leaker,” with his top aide becoming “obsessed” with finding the source, according to the book, which noted that “those who said they’d heard the president issue that warning had interpreted the outburst as a sign of a president in panic.”
Trump would be apparently so panicked that he, according to many, later orchestrated the violent clearing of Lafayette Square so he could stage a photo-op in a desperate effort to project strength, an effort that failed.
Here again, we see that Trump aspired to be a brutal dictator rather than the president of a republic. Demanding the execution of someone for passing on information is extreme, and demonstrates that Trump’s behavior while in power would have only become worse had he won a second term. Americans may have literally dodged a bullet by ousting him from office.
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