Well, this may be the best quote in @CarolLeonnig's and @PhilipRucker's book.
A tfg advisor, on why it was so utterly insane for tfg to think that Pence would end American democracy to keep tfg in the White House:
“It’s the ultimate irony that a guy who acted like a total sycophantic pussy for four years, Trump wants him to be the Six Million Dollar Man at the end. Well, shit, the guy hasn’t stood up to anybody for four years ..."
"... and now you want him to stand up illegally, unconstitutionally to the United States Senate and the House of Representatives? Are you nuts? Have you looked at Mike Pence?”
It's just astounding the degree of contempt they all had for tfg, each other—and, in the end, because they all were shameless sycophants, themselves.
But in a way, it was just par for the course: This is what malignant narcissists do to the people who choose to support them.
Gee, maybe that senior tfg advisor was too hard on Pence. It turns out Pence courageously did his level best to figure out how to throw out the results of a free and fair election:

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20 Jul
Reading @CarolLeonnig's and @PhilipRucker's book now, and there are scores of examples of this. It's maddening but necessary reading.
oh, look, Trump was "in a frenzy" wanting to fire someone because she said publicly there was going to be a pandemic with, like, lots of people dying but it just wasn't worth arguing with him or telling the public the president was off his rocker
gosh what would we have done without Melania trying to talk her husband into being rational
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19 Jul
So this article addresses what happened with Georgia’s EVs in 1800, which tfg has been invoking to claim that Pence should have just counted the votes himself in 2021. The bottom line is, yes, the GA vote certificate was screwed up, …

…. because of incompetence. But everyone knew from published reports that the electors had voted for Jefferson and Burr, which is why the Federalist members of Congress didn’t complain. And this had all occurred 76 years before Congress passed a law, …

… the Electoral Count Act, spelling out how the electoral count should proceed—and confirming that the Vice President’s role is simply ministerial.

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19 Jul
Reading this account of the authors' interview with tfg leaves one with the impression that ... perhaps ... it just might be possible ... don't want to go out on a limb here ... tfg might be completely nuts.
But regardless of his degree of mental stability, we must always remember that the one thing tfg does not do—repeat, does NOT do—is brag.
is a "big-scale letter" kinda like the thing he got from Kim Jong-un
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15 Jul
"The president was riveted. His supporters had heeded his call to march on the Capitol with 'pride and boldness.' For Trump, there was no more beautiful sight than thousands of energetic people waving Trump flags, wearing red MAGA caps and fighting to keep him in power."
"'He thought, "This is cool." He was happy,' recalled one aide who was with Trump that afternoon. 'Then when it turned violent, he thought, "Oh, crap."'"
"Sen. Lindsey O. Graham said, 'It took him a while to appreciate the gravity of the situation. The president saw these people as allies in his journey and sympathetic to the idea that the election was stolen.'"
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15 Jul
“Milley described ‘a stomach-churning’ feeling as he listened to Trump’s untrue complaints of election fraud, drawing a comparison to the 1933 attack on Germany’s parliament building that Hitler used as a pretext to establish a Nazi dictatorship.”

“‘This is a Reichstag moment,’ Milley told aides, according to the book.
‘The gospel of the Führer.’”

“After the failed insurrection on Jan. 6, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Milley to ask for his guarantee that Trump would not be able to launch a nuclear strike and start a war.”

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15 Jul
Uh-oh, @AC360 has more Final Days of the Former Guy details from @CarolLeonnig’s and @PhilipRucker’s book ….
.@jamiegangel with the details …. Joint Chiefs were afraid tfg would try a coup. Milley saw tfg as Hitlerian and feared a “Reichstag moment” …
“‘They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,’” is a quote in the chyron.
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