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 MeadowsBiden's no-drama White House chief Ex-Trump aide Meadows pushed DOJ to probe multiple election theories: report Trump working with Gingrich on policy agenda: report 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 TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE’s previous chiefs of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' 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 PenceVirginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election How to investigate Jan. 6 (and other politicized issues) without a commission 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.