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Exclusive: The 125 enablers who fueled Trump’s rise.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says his election conspiracy theories are costing him business.
There’s a growing shortlist of who could replace Neera Tanden, if her imperiled nomination is pulled.
1. TRUMP’S ENABLERS: Donald Trump’s presidency didn’t happen without help. Insider dove through his business and political life, finding the 125 people and entities most responsible for his rise. He may have declared at the 2016 Republican National Convention that “I alone can fix it,” but like with his father’s business loans, Trump’s always been aided by those around him.
Check out our exclusive database of those who brought him to the edge of that escalator in 2015 and beyond.
The longest section is about those behind Trump’s historic 2016 upset and his presidency.
Some regret their actions: “I am the Dr. Frankenstein in that equation and he clearly is the out-of-control monster who unleashed a cascade of destruction and divisiveness during his presidency upon the country and the world,” Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, told my colleagues.
Others are MAGA till the end: “He’s going to get through this. My prediction is he’s going to have more support,” said former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who received one of Trump’s controversial pardons.
And several questioned their presence: “As we have chronicled previously, Donald Trump lied to inflate his standing on our lists,” a Forbes spokesman told my colleagues. “There’s no crime to lying to a journalist but doing so does speak to character.” (The magazine helped burnish Trump’s elite image by placing him on its rich lists in the 80s and 90s, and later removed him after finding out he mislead them about his wealth.)
Behind the scenes: Per D.C. bureau chief Darren Samuelsohn, “This started out as an attempt to mark the end of the Trump presidency.” But given that administration’s constantly revolving door, “it felt like an org chart was necessary to see in one place everyone responsible.”
2. Biden marked the grim milestone of 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths: The president implored Americans “to honor the dead, but equally important, care for the living and those left behind,” but added: “Let this not be a story of how far we fell, but of how far we climbed back up.” The White House was later illuminated by candles.
3. Neera Tanden’s tweets are coming back to haunt her: Senators have taken notice of Tanden’s past tweets comparing them to vampires and Voldemort. Now, her nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget is seriously imperiled. The White House is sticking by her, but possible replacements are being floated.
Our exclusive report details those names.
Another contentious nomination looms today: Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, …read more
Source:: Business Insider