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A new crop of books about Donald Trump and his final days in office is set to be published in the coming months. One such book, "The Divider: Trump in the White House," from veteran reporters Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, was excerpted in The New Yorker on Monday morning, complete with a previously unpublished resignation letter from General Mark Milley, Trump's final secretary of defense.
After mostly refraining from publicly criticizing Trump, top Trump officials are now running to make their disagreements with him clear. In response, Trump now says the men who he once boasted were "my generals" are "very untalented people and once I realized it, I did not rely on them, I relied on the real generals and admirals within the system."
As the Executive Editor at Texas National Security Review, noted, the excerpt paints an image of a Trump White House that is "chilling."
Here are the 4 most explosive revelations from the excerpt into Trump's war with his generals.
As many probably imagined was uttered during his White House tenure, Donald Trump reportedly searched for ways to be more like Adolf Hitler.
1. "Why can't you be like the German generals?"
"You fucking generals, why can't you be like the German generals?" a frustrated Trump reportedly asked his chief of staff, John Kelly.
"Which generals?" Kelly asked.
"The German generals in World War II," Trump responded.
"You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?" Kelly reminded the president.
"No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him," Trump insisted.
After Trump demanded the military be sent in to clear the Black Lives Matters protesters, Trump's generals refused.
"You are all losers! You are all f***ing losers!" Trump lashed out, according to the book. "Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?"
2. "Look, I don't want any wounded guys in the parade. This doesn't look good for me"
After returning from his trip to France in 2017, Trump raved about the Bastille Day parade in Paris and told Kelly, "You are going to be doing this next year."
As was reported at the time, Trump ordered his people to immediately get to work on planning the "biggest, grandest military parade ever for the Fourth of July." Trump had a very specific aesthetic in mind for his military parade.
"Look, I don't want any wounded guys in the parade," Trump made clear to Kelly about the members of the armed services selected to participate. "This doesn't look good for me."
"Those are the heroes,' Kelly told Trump. "In our society, there's only one group of people who are more heroic than they are — and they are buried over in Arlington."
Trump reportedly remained unmoved: "I don't want them. It doesn't look good for me."
3. Gen. Milley's unsent resignation letter
The New Yorker published a resignment letter from Gen. Mark Milley, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the country's top military official, in its entirety. But Miley did not resign in the end.
In his letter, Milley told Trump, "You are using the military to create fear in the minds of the people — and we are trying to protect the American people."
"I cannot stand idly by and participate in that attack, verbally or otherwise, on the American people," Milley wrote. "The American people trust their military and they trust us to protect them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and our military will do just that. We will not turn our back on the American people."
He continued: "It's now obvious to me that you don't understand that world order. You don't understand what the war was all about. In fact, you subscribe to many of the principles that we fought against. And I cannot be a party to that."
4. Mike Pompeo privately doubted Trump's Big Lie
Baker and Glasser detail what they call an "extraordinary arrangement" in the weeks after the election between Mike Pompeo, Trump's secretary of state, and General Milley. The two held daily morning phone calls with Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, in an attempt to keep Trump from going off the rails with his Big Lie.
"'The crazies have taken over,'" Mr. Pompeo told General Milley during a conversation after the election at General Milley's kitchen table, according to the authors.
Texas church's unauthorized production of 'Hamilton' ends with sermon comparing gay people to drug addicts: report
On Monday, the San Antonio Express-News reported that a South Texas church is putting on an unauthorized knockoff production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" — complete with added-in religious proselytizing and attacks on LGBTQ people.
"The 'Hamilton' team in New York also says it did not give a license or permission to the Door McAllen church in McAllen, Tex., to stage the performance, thus making the show an illegal reproduction," reported Timothy Bella. "The version of 'Hamilton' produced by the Door McAllen and RGV Productions that was performed and live-streamed Friday and Saturday included scenes in which the characters Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler Hamilton talked about how Jesus 'saved' them, according to videos of the show from author and podcast host Hemant Mehta. After one of the performances, Pastor Victor Lopez gave a sermon with language that compared being gay to alcohol and drug addiction, according to the OnStage Blog, the first to report about the show."
"[God] knows exactly what you've gone through," said Lopez in the sermon, which was caught on video. "You've gone through maybe broken marriages. Maybe you struggle with alcohol, with drugs — with homosexuality — maybe you struggle with other things in life, your finances, whatever, God can help you tonight. He wants to forgive you for your sins."
According to the report, senior pastor Roman Gutierrez claimed to the Dallas Morning News that the church had acquired legal permission for the show. However, Hamilton spokesman Shane Marshall Brown appeared to contradict this, telling The Washington Post, "Hamilton does not grant amateur or professional licenses for any stage productions and did not grant one to The Door Church. We issued a cease-and-desist letter for the unauthorized use of Hamilton's intellectual property, demanding the immediate removal of all videos and images from previous productions from the internet, including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, their own website, and elsewhere."
Hamilton took musical theater by storm when it first debuted in 2015, winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and a drama Pulitzer Prize. A dramatized account of America's founding era, the show is renowned for its diversity and for drawing on hip-hop music.
Republican commentators have sometimes butted heads with the cast of the show. When Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, criticized Mike Pence in 2016, Fox's Jeanine Pirro raged at him on air, demanding that he stick to "hip-hop and dancing around the stage."
Another Republican man is being humiliated publicly after they revealed that they have no idea about the biology of female humans.
For years, Republicans, men, in particular, have been ridiculed for bizarre ideas they have about biology that are not only false but laughably so. Todd Akin, who ran for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, infamously said that women can't get pregnant from rape because if it is a "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." That's false.
Over the weekend, Indiana state Rep. John Jacob (R) claimed, "The body inside of the mom's body is not her body. Let me repeat that: The body inside of the mom's body is not her body. Not her body, not her choice."
Rush Limbaugh infamously decided to shoot all women who sought an abortion. "You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun," he announced.
Similarly, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) tweeted his idea in 2013, "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted."
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson, who now has his own radio show, told women in 2013 that they should bookmark a website where they can buy clothes hangers to perform their own abortions.
Now Sen. Tim Scot (R-SC) can now be added to the list.
Huffington Post reporter Amanda Terkel reported that Scott thinks women carry a fetus for longer than 52 weeks and that Democrats want abortions up to 52 weeks.
The comment came in a Monday fundraising email saying, "If we don’t take back the Senate, Dems will pack the courts, give DC statehood, grant abortions up to 52 weeks, and Republicans will never win again."
Dr. Meera Shah, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, told Terkel, "It is not logical or medically accurate to say that people can be pregnant at 52 weeks ― let alone be seeking an abortion. It is comments like this one that underscore exactly why medical decisions should not be made by politicians."