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Homeland Security Officials Feared Trump Appointee Would “Come Kill Us,” According To New Book

Homeland Security Officials Feared Trump Appointee Would “Come Kill Us,” According To New Book

A new book that’s coming out next week shows more dark secrets from behind the scenes of the Trump regime. Details include an effort to fire a staffer for liking an Instagram post, and other horrors stemming from the hyper-demand for loyalty that characterized Donald Trump’s presidency.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

An advance excerpt of Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, by ABC News correspondent Jonathan D. Karl, was shared in the Atlantic Tuesday, and like so many other books that have come out about Donald Trump and his term in the White House, it’s packed with information given by insiders, often on condition of anonymity, about what it was really like to work with the former president.

The excerpt highlights Trump’s demand for loyalty, including discussions about firing a staffer who was deemed to be “consorting with the enemy” after she clicked ‘like’ on an Instagram post by Taylor Swift, which encouraged fans to get out and vote. In it, Swift declares that she’ll be voting for Joe Biden, and will be supporting Kamala Harris in the vice presidential debate.

That’s not all though. When Trump installed sycophants, he sometimes picked people who others feared would enforce his loyalty requirements with violence, the excerpt suggests. In fact, Josh Whitehouse, a Trump supporter who had been placed in the Department of Homeland Security, is described as losing his temper and screaming at others, threatening both their jobs and their lives.

Two people who worked with Whitehouse on the second floor of DHS headquarters told me his mood swings were so wild that they worried he could get violent. He was overheard screaming things into the phone such as, “If they don’t do this, I will literally go to their house and burn it down.” (Whitehouse said the quote sounded “exaggerated” and he didn’t think he had said it.)

Despite that denial, Karl reports that one DHS official said there was a genuine fear that Whitehouse would kill over a perceived lack of loyalty, to which Whitehouse says, “I can’t imagine anybody should be afraid of another person working there if they are in it for the right reasons and aligned with the agenda.”

Through spokesperson Liz Harrington, Trump has already denied other stories from the new book, declaring Karl a “3rd rate reporter” and claiming that he and “ABC Non-News” have been making up fake stories throughout Trump’s political career.

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