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Tags: bob woodward | rage | national guard | troops | race

Book: Trump Dispatched Troops to Help 'Poor Bastards'

national guardsmen in uniform carry shields with "military police" on them
Members of the D.C. National Guard hold a perimeter during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd on June 3, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 September 2020 02:58 PM EDT

President Donald Trump boasted about using troops to help the "poor bastards" running some of the nation's cities during the continued social unrest, according to a new book.

Journalist Bob Woodward of The Washington Post wrote in his new book "Rage" that he spoke with Trump several times during the racial protests that have plagued the country since May.

Two days after Trump's controversial walk to a church across the street from the White House, which was preceded by law enforcement forcefully clearing protesters from the area, the president called Woodward and talked about his "law and order" stance.

"We're going to get ready to send in the military/National Guard to some of these poor bastards that don't know what they're doing, these poor radical lefts," Trump said, according to Woodward.

Weeks later on June 19, Woodward discussed white privilege with Trump and asked him whether he thinks the two men should better "understand the anger and pain" that Black people feel.

"No," Trump said. "You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don't feel that at all."

On July 8, Trump told Woodward regarding African Americans, "I've done a tremendous amount for the Black community. And, honestly, I'm not feeling any love."

Trump also admitted that racism exists "everywhere. I think probably less here than most places. Or less here than many places."

Regarding former President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, Trump told Woodward, "I don't think Obama's smart. I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker."

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President Donald Trump boasted about using troops to help the "poor bastards" running some of the nation's cities during the continued social unrest, according to a new book. Journalist Bob Woodward of The Washington Post wrote in his new book "Rage" that he spoke with Trump...
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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 02:58 PM
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