According to a new book from authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, then-Attorney General Bob Barr ripped into then-President Donald Trump, telling that most suburban Republican voters “just think you’re a f***ing a**hole.”
Business Insider obtained an early copy of the book “Peril,” which is set to be release next week.
“In my opinion, this is not a base election. Your base is critical, and you’ll get it out,” Barr told Trump during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to the book. “And there are a lot of people out there, independents and Republicans in the suburbs of the critical states that think you’re an a**hole. They think you act like an a**hole and you got to, you got to start taking that into account.”
The book says Barr figured the best approach to getting his point across to Trump was to confront him directly, telling him that he was in danger of losing the 2020 election.
Barr reportedly told Trump that suburban Republican voters “don’t give a sh*t” about his grievances with his wide array of enemies.
“Your base cares about seeing [former FBI director James Comey] and the rest of those guys held accountable, but these other people don’t,” Barr said, according to the book. “They don’t care about your f***ing grievances. And it just seems that every time you’re out there, you’re talking about your goddamn grievances.”
Trump reportedly replied, “I need to be a fighter. I’ve gotten where I am because I’m willing to fight.”