I don't give a s--- what you have in motion. I want them in jail. They should get ten years in prison for toppling a statue. And that Mayor Wheeler ... what a loser. Can't we just send in the Guard? — Donald Trump
I don't give a s--- what you have in motion. I want them in jail. They should get ten years in prison for toppling a statue. And that Mayor Wheeler ... what a loser. Can't we just send in the Guard? — Donald Trump
'I want them in jail': Trump screamed at his aides for not doing more to quell protests in Seattle and Portland while he was 'getting killed on Tucker,' new book says
  • Trump screamed at his aides for not taking more action to respond to protests last summer.
  • "We're not doing a damn thing," Trump yelled, according to a new book.
Former President Donald Trump lambasted his aides for not taking legal action to quell widespread anti-police brutality protests last summer, according to a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff.

Trump "screamed" at his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone to figure out how to put an end to the violence unfolding in cities like Portland and Seattle last June in the wake of George Floyd's police killing in Minneapolis, the book said.

Trump's frustration stemmed in large part from criticism he'd received from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who at the time described Trump's leadership as "weak" during a monologue on his nightly show.

"I'm getting killed on Tucker and we're not doing a damn thing," Trump yelled in the Oval Office at Meadows and Cipollone. The scene was described in Wolff's upcoming book, "Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency," which is expected to publish on July 13. Insider obtained an advance copy of the book.

Cipollone responded that "they had things in motion" to respond to the violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement officials, the book said. But Trump was not pleased, replying: "I don't give a s--- what you have in motion. I want them in jail," he said, referring to the protestors. "They should get ten years in prison for toppling a statue. And that Mayor Wheeler ... what a loser. Can't we just send in the Guard?"

The former president then pressed his staff on whether the White House could deploy National Guard troops to shut down protests, but Cipollone pushed back on the idea, citing legal issues. State and local officials in Washington and Oregon had rejected Trump's calls to send troops at the time.

"You've been telling me that s--- for weeks," Trump shot back, Wolff wrote. "I'm getting killed. Tucker is talking to millions of people."

Trump continued to rant about the lack of federal interference, turning his anger to then-Attorney General William Barr.

"You and Barr and all of my 'great lawyers' aren't doing a damn thing," he said, according to the book. "Shut it down! Arrest them! Do what you have to do!"

"I have the worst lawyers," Trump added. "Get the radicals locked up! You guys can't even do that. What is wrong with you? I have to do everything myself."

The former president got into a similar shouting match with top US military officer Gen. Mark Milley over the protests last summer, according to a book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender. Trump had floated the idea of sending federal troops to stop the protests but was met with pushback.


Bender's book reports that Trump wanted to see law enforcement officials "getting physical" with protesters, and suggested they "crack their skulls" and "beat the f--- out" of them.
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