Bob Woodward isn’t perfect, who is? But since he and Carl Bernstein broke the original Watergate stories in 1972, Woodward’s track record for reporting the truths of what goes on in Washington has been Babe Ruth-like.
Now he has the tapes to prove Donald Trump has lied about everything including the seriousness of the coronavirus and the reality of systemic racism in the United States. The tapes come with the book, “Rage,” which hopefully blows the lid off this travesty of a presidency and gets rid of this monster once and for all.
The book is based in part on 18 on-the-record interviews Woodward conducted with the president between December and July. So no one– not Kayleigh McEnemy or Lindsey Graham or any other Trump defenders can say these were “anonymous sources.” This is Trump in his own voice. And you can hear it all on the Washington Post website. Ben Bradlee must be howling with happiness in heaven. They’ve done it again.
Woodward will appear Sunday on “60 Minutes,” in a blockbuster appearance to lay it all out.
Irony abounds: of course, in the end Jeff Bezos is the big winner here. He owns the Post, and Amazon, where you buy the book. He should buy Simon & Schuster from Viacom– it’s for sale– to have the publisher of all the great political books. Smart guy.
Trump to Woodward on the virus:
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.
Trump to Woodward on its severity, March 19th:
“I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.