Former Trump White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson has already revealed some of the more insane details from her time in former president Trump’s inner circle. In June 2022, Hutchinson, who was an aide to chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the House January 6 committee that Donald Trump had wanted to lead rioters to the Capitol before Secret Service denied him. But now she’s got a book out, Enough, that features many more allegations of absurdity from the most chaotic White House in history. Here are some of the most eye-opening.
Mark Meadows admitted that Trump helped kill Herman Cain
In June 2020, as COVID-19 cases spiked in the heartland, Trump held an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an attempt to right the reelection campaign that had been sidetracked by the historic crisis. Against the advice of public-health officials, Trump went ahead with the rally, and six campaign staffers tested positive on the day of the event. Over the following weeks, COVID-19 cases in the area tripled. One of the hundreds to test positive was Herman Cain, the former Federal Reserve Bank member and 2012 GOP contender, who died a little over a month after the rally.
While Trump said at the time that he didn’t think that Cain got COVID-19 at his superspreader rally, Meadows knew the likely score. “We killed Herman Cain,” he told Hutchinson. The White House chief of staff then asked her for Cain’s wife’s phone number. (Meadows denied the allegation in a statement to CNN.)
Trump decided not to wear masks because they showed his bronzer
Hutchinson recalls that during a visit to a Honeywell plant in Phoenix, Arizona Trump tried on a white mask and polled his staff on whether he should wear it in front of the press. She pointed out that the straps showed he was wearing makeup:
I was standing behind Mark and had not expected the president to ask for my opinion. But he did, making a thumbs-up/thumbs-down gesture. I could feel Mark glare at me as I slowly shook my head. The president pulled the mask off and asked why I thought he should not wear it.
I pointed at the straps of the N95 I was holding. When he looked at the straps of his mask, he saw that they were covered in bronzer. “Why did no one else tell me that,” he snapped. “I’m not wearing this thing.” He wore safety goggles on the tour. The press would criticize him for not wearing a mask, not knowing that the depth of his vanity had caused him to reject masks—and then millions of his fans followed suit.
The Trump White House was letting in visitors who tested positive for COVID-19
In the year before the vaccine was available, the Trump White House relied on testing to keep COVID-19 out of the workplace — a strategy that kind of worked until it didn’t. But according to Hutchinson, they never really cared much about good virus-prevention hygiene. After Trump lost the election, Hutchinson claims that people Trump wanted to meet with in the Oval Office were let inside even if they tested positive.
Trump admitted to Meadows that he lost the election
Hutchinson writes that after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that was full of lies and false claims about the election, Trump pushed Meadows: “Why didn’t we make more calls? We needed to do more … We can’t let this stand.”
Trump continued, “I don’t want people to know we lost, Mark. This is embarrassing. Figure it out.”
Hutchinson claims Rudy Giuliani groped her
The first detail to be made public from Hutchinson’s book was the allegation that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani groped her backstage at the Stop the Steal rally that immediately preceded the Capitol riot:
“I find Rudy in the back of the tent with, among others, John Eastman,” she continues. “The corners of his mouth split into a Cheshire cat smile. Waving a stack of documents, he moves towards me, like a wolf closing in on its prey.
“‘We have the evidence. It’s all here. We’re going to pull this off.’ Rudy wraps one arm around my body, closing the space that was separating us. I feel his stack of documents press into the small of my back. I lower my eyes and watch his free hand reach for the hem of my blazer.
“‘By the way,’ he says, fingering the fabric, ‘I’m loving this leather jacket on you.’ His hand slips under my blazer, then my skirt,” Hutchinson writes.
Meadows was burning so many papers it smelled ‘like a bonfire’
In the days after the Capitol riot, when Trump finally conceded that he would not remain in office, Mark Meadows began clearing out his office — relying more on his fireplace than traditional banker’s boxes. According to Hutchinson, Meadows’s wife showed up at the office telling her to stop lighting the fireplace for her husband because “all of his suits smell like a bonfire.”
Trump gave Hutchinson bad hair advice
By summer 2020 Trump and Hutchinson had grown close enough that he was giving her unsolicited advice on what she should do with her hair. She writes:
The president looked at me and then turned to Hope [Hick] and asked if she would give me her hair stylist’s contact information. He turned back to me and said, “Cassidy, you should get some of her highlights. I think they would look really nice on you.”
That weekend, Alyssa and I lightened our hair. When we showed up at work on Monday with our new blonde locks, we got a lot of laughs.
… When the president saw my hair, he loved it. “Cassidy! You did it! I was so right. Wasn’t I right?”
Unsurprisingly, taking advice from the man known for his bright yellow locks didn’t work out that well. “Actually, blonde hair did not suit me,” she writes. “After a couple of months, I returned to the dark side.”
This post has been updated throughout.
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