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Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:14 PM

Axios: Trump didn't believe conspiracy theories about stolen election, called Sidney Powell crazy

https://www.axios.com/trump-off-the-rails-descent-into-madness-fd169833-9052-473d-87f5-7a1a4ffffb8f.html




President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."

He put the call on speakerphone for the benefit of his audience. Powell was raving about a national security crisis involving the Iranians flipping votes in battleground states. Trump pressed mute and laughed mockingly.

"So what are we gonna do about it, Sidney?" Trump would say every few seconds, whipping Powell more and more into a frenzy. He was having fun with it. "She really is crazy, huh?" he said, again with his finger on the mute button.

It was clear that Trump recognized how unhinged his outside legal advisers were. But he was becoming increasingly desperate about losing to Joe Biden, and Powell and her crew were willing to keep feeding the grand lie that the election could be overturned.

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Powell and Wood distinguished themselves with their extremism. Even Giuliani began distancing himself, telling anyone who'd listen that Powell didn't represent the president. But Trump promoted Powell as part of his team, and even though he had privately admitted to aides that he thought she was "crazy," he still wanted to hear what she had to say.

"Sometimes you need a little crazy," Trump told one official.

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Reply Axios: Trump didn't believe conspiracy theories about stolen election, called Sidney Powell crazy (Original post)
highplainsdem Jan 17 OP
underpants Jan 17 #1
underpants Jan 17 #4
Blue Owl Jan 17 #2
relayerbob Jan 17 #3
BusyBeingBest Jan 17 #5
chowder66 Jan 17 #6

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:16 PM

1. I missed Episode 2

Iíll look.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:42 PM

4. It was at the link.

Love these reports by Swain.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:26 PM

2. I believe that tRump privately mocks every one of his supporters...

Because that's just the kind of sick fuck jerk he is...

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:40 PM

3. His actual actions belie the truth

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:45 PM

5. He knew it was bullshit, allowed it to spread anyway because it benefitted him

by encouraging his supporters' hopes, and they kept sending him money and getting riled. Had he simply given up after the SC rejection, and told his crowd that Joe Biden had won and they must accept it and prepare for transition, four of his supporters and two police officers would still be alive today.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Jan 17, 2021, 08:59 PM

6. The guy isn't crazy he's a calculating maniacal menace. nt

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