According to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book “Peril,” Donald Trump lashed out at then-House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for condemning white supremacists after the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ryan responded to Trump’s infamous “both sides” rhetoric about the violence at the gathering with a tweet calling white supremacy “repulsive.”
Trump threw a fit of rage over Ryan’s comment, according to excerpts from The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s upcoming tell-all “Peril” that Insider published Wednesday.
Overcome with anger, Trump phoned Ryan and screamed about him not being “in the foxhole with me,” according to the book. Ryan reportedly told Trump he had “a moral leadership obligation to get this right and not declare there is a moral equivalency here.”
“These people love me. These are my people,” Trump raged at Ryan in response. “I can’t backstab the people who support me.”
Ryan noted the presence of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Trump admitted there were “some bad people,” but insisted they “are for me.”
Read the entire report at Business Insider.