*Among the audio receipts from Bob Woodward’s forthcoming Donald Trump book “Rage,” which was written following 18 separate conversations with #45, is a June 19 exchange in which the respected Washington Post journalist suggested to Trump that perhaps his “white, privileged” background may blind him to the “pain” that many Black Americans face.
Trump responded by mocking him.
Asked if he was at least trying to “understand the anger and pain, particularly, Black people feel in this country,” Woodward wrote, “No,” Trump replied, in a tone Woodward described as mocking and incredulous. “You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.” (The audio of this exchange can be heard here at The Washington Post.)
Woodward revisited the subject in a July 8 conversation, where Trump told Woodward he’s “done a tremendous amount for the Black community,” adding, “And, honestly, I’m not feeling any love.”
In a June 22 exchange, Woodward asked Trump if he thinks “systematic or institutional racism in this country” exists. Woodward writes that Trump replied, “Well, I think there is everywhere,” and “probably less here than most places,” and the racism that does exist in the U.S. is “unfortunate.”
Below, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany was asked directly about the book’s Wednesday headlines regarding Trump admitting to Woodward that he deliberately downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19 to the public. Despite the fact that Trump says as much on tape, here’s McEnany still denying the notion that Trump ever “downplayed” the seriousness of COVID-19.