Now comes this from an article in the New York Times (by Maggie Haberman and Luke Broadwater) in which they detail the influence of right-wing attorney William Olson, who appeared mysteriously on the scene and began whispering in Trump’s ear about those who were betraying him:
The involvement of a person like Mr. Olson, who now represents the conspiracy theorist and MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, underscores how the system that would normally insulate a president from rogue actors operating outside of official channels had broken down within weeks after the 2020 election.
That left Mr. Trump in direct contact with people who promoted conspiracy theories or questionable legal ideas, telling him not only what he wanted to hear, but also that they — not the public servants advising him — were the only ones he could trust.
“In our long conversation earlier this week, I could hear the shameful and dismissive attitude of the lawyer from White House Counsel’s Office toward you personally — but more importantly toward the Office of the President of the United States itself,” Mr. Olson wrote to Mr. Trump. “This is unacceptable.”
So, in the end, it was no longer enough just to be obsequious toward Trump. You had to kiss his ass, flatter him extravagantly AND you had to give him names of people who were allegedly working against him. Trump is nothing if not predictable and simple in his motivations.
I’m sure the enemies of the U.S. were taking notes about this the entire time, ready to use it should Trump have won the 2020 election.
We will never know how much these character flaws in Trump were already being used by operatives of, say, Russia and North Korea.