Trump says Barr ‘never’ told him he thought he’d lose election
Former President Trump on Friday disputed an excerpt in a forthcoming book about the tail end of his presidency, saying then-Attorney General William Barr never told him that he thought he would lose the election in November.
“Despite what is being reported in one of the many fake books that are coming onto the market, Bill Barr never once told me he thought I was going to lose the election. In fact, it was quite the opposite, he told me that I should win,” Trump said in a statement.
Excerpts from “I Alone Can Fix It,” authored by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, show Barr and Trump had a meeting in spring 2020 during which Barr warned Trump he would lose the election if he didn’t change his ways.
“I feel you are going to lose the election,” Barr told Trump during the meeting, according to an excerpt obtained by MSNBC. “I feel you are actually losing touch with your own base.”
“The only reason you won last time, Mr. President, is because of the ‘grab them by the p—-’ comment,” Barr continued. “It actually scared you enough to listen to Kellyanne [Conway]. And for the last several weeks you behaved yourself and won by a hair. This time it’s different. You cannot wait until the end.”
The book, set for release on Tuesday, says Barr thought the president could win, but only if he changed the way he was conducting himself.
“I think that if you wanted to you could walk into a second term, COVID and all. You could go down in history as an amazing president and it’s yours for the taking. But it’s about you, and you’re turning off enough people to lose this election,” Barr reportedly said.
The book says Trump did not interrupt Barr and thanked him for the advice.