Author: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff

The author of a book on the history of White House chiefs of staff said in a Sunday Washington Post op-ed that Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE is the worst to ever hold the position.

Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” acknowledged what he said was stiff competition, including former President Nixon’s chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, who went to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal.

However, he said, “Meadows, Trump’s fourth chief of staff, has been a yes-man straight from central casting, the see-no-evil West Wing minder Trump wanted but could never find.”


Whipple included harsh words for President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE’s previous chiefs of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid On The Trail: Little GOP interest in post-election introspection Author: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief MORE, but wrote that “Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, has raised sycophancy to an art form. When Trump chose paths that were destructive to himself and to the country, there is little evidence that Meadows forced him to reconsider.”

Whipple went on to castigate the current chief of staff for his part in the White House handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election.

He also highlighted Meadows's participation in a call in which Trump demanded that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) “find” enough votes for the president to win the Peach State, calling it the former congressman's “lowest moment.”

Whipple concludes by lambasting Meadows’s handling of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“As the insurrectionists sacked the Capitol, chanting 'Hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 MORE,' Meadows reportedly tried to persuade the president to do something to quell the crisis. He couldn’t get through to Trump. By then, the monster Meadows had helped to create was beyond anyone’s control,” Whipple wrote.