Trump Supported Campaign’s Failed Coup Against Kushner, Navarro’s Book Says | Books

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In June 2020, less than five months before Election Day, Donald Trump agreed to a “coup” to remove his son-in-law Jared Kushner from control of his presidential re-election campaign and replace him with far-right provocateur Steve Bannon. .

The coup had the backing of Donald Trump Jr, but according to a new book by former Trump aide Peter Navarro it didn’t work, after Trump himself refused to deliver the bad news to Kushner.

Fearing “family problems if [he] himself had to break the bad news to the…father of his grandchildren,” Trump asked Bernie Marcus, the Home Depot founder, a major Republican donor and a central player in the coup, “to be the messenger” by Kushner.

In Navarro’s account, Kushner first insulted Marcus by skipping a call, then told the Trump envoy “everything was fine with the campaign, there was no way he was resigning and, in fact , Bernie Marcus and his big bags of cash could go pounding sand.”

Navarro writes, “And that was it. And the rest is a story of catastrophic strategic failure.

In November, Trump lost the White House to Joe Biden.

Along with his wife, Ivanka Trump, Kushner served as Trump’s senior White House and campaign adviser, essentially acting as a shadow chief of staff.

Before entering the White House, Navarro, who holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard, wrote a number of books attacking China (and generously quoting a source whose name was his own anagram).

His new book, Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back, will be released later this month. The Guardian obtained a copy.

Navarro’s dark take on Kushner pervades his new book: a section is titled Both Nepotism and Feces Roll Downhill.

Navarro has also played a pivotal role in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He says planning for the campaign stunt began when Kushner told Fox News in April 2020 that the pandemic would be over by summer.

“By getting it wrong,” Navarro writes, “Jared ‘Pangloss’ Kushner woke up” major donors who until then thought “Kushner and the Trump campaign would, at some point, round up their ship.”

Dr. Pangloss is a character from Voltaire’s Candide, driven to extreme optimism in the face of adversity.

Navarro reprints a diary entry from June 25, 2020 that describes a meeting in New York between Bannon and donors who “want[ed] Kushner and Brad Parscale [the campaign manager] outside”. He adds: “Don Jr [and his girlfriend] Kimberly Guilfoyle feels the same. It could be really interesting. It could also be our last chance for victory.

According to Navarro, the plotters believed Bannon, who chaired Trump’s campaign in 2016, was the only agent capable of steering him to re-election four years later.

The plotters also knew Kushner would never agree to the change — Navarro says Kushner told him he wanted to ‘crush Bannon like a bug’ — and that Trump resented Bannon for taking “too much credit for the victory of 2016”.

Bannon was fired as a White House strategist in August 2017, amid controversy over Trump’s supportive remarks regarding far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Returning to Breitbart NewsBannon remained influential in Trump’s orbit.

On the page, Navarro risks Trump’s wrath by criticizing his actions as president, at one point devoting six pages to explaining “why a president who is supposed to be one of the greatest talent evaluators…would do such bad choice of personnel among so many white positions at the house and cabinet level”.

He also writes that Trump could not have beaten Hillary Clinton in 2016 without Bannon, at the behest of another major donor, Robert Mercer, “coming in late in the campaign and righting the Kushner ship.”

In 2020, Navarro says, he overcame his “apprehensions” about angering Trump and continued the anti-Kushner plot. Navarro says he arranged and attended a meeting at the White House between Trump and Marcus in which Trump “readily agreed with Bernie that Jared should be replaced by Steve.”

But there was another problem, again at odds with the ruthless image Trump built on The Apprentice, his NBC reality TV hit, in which his catchphrase was “You’re Fired!”

As it was abundantly documentedTrump actually doesn’t like firing people.

“Rather than get shot,” writes Navarro, Trump “asked Bernie to be the messenger” for Kushner.

Marcus “accepted the assignment, albeit reluctantly.” The mission failed. Parscale, the campaign manager under Kushner, was removed in July but the son-in-law remained in control.

Navarro played a central role in Trump’s attempts to reverse his electoral defeat, describing a plan called the “Green Bay sweepwhich sought to block certification of Biden’s victory.

In November, Navarro will be tried. He is charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the January 6 investigation. He faces up to two years in prison. The judge in the case refuse a request to hold the trial next April, so that Navarro can market his new book.

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