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Trump World is More Scared Than Ever: Waiting for Next Shoe to Drop, Doesn’t Feel Bulletproof Anymore

Jonathan Lemire appeared on Morning Joe earlier today to talk about his report in Politico today about Trumpworld’s reaction to the last couple of weeks. It is bad. They know it’s bad. They don’t feel as bulletproof as they once did and are now turning on each other:

“Yeah, for most of Trump’s time in office and even in his first months out of office, those around him felt like he was almost bulletproof, that he could get by any scandal here. Whether it was the Mueller probe or some congressional investigations, even impeachment, that he emerged largely politically unscathed.”

“That has changed and in this story.We talked to a number of people in the former president’s orbit who have been downright spooked by recent developments in Atlanta, D.C., the Jan. 6 committee and, the last few days, dozens of Trump aides received subpoenas. Some had their phones seized, including Mr. Pillow.

And there’s a sense here, that there’s paranoia in Trumpworld as to who might be cooperating. Text chains have gone silent. There are worries about who might be talking to investigators, and they worry that aides tell us they could be next.”

They wouldn’t be spooked if there was nothing to hide below the surface. But there is likely very little that is spookier than knowing that there is something wrong beneath the surface and wondering about who is talking to the feds and what they might be talking about. There would be immense pressure to get one’s story out first, like a race to the cops, to be on the right side.

“DOJ is working quietly, but even the sight of the former president arriving in Washington the other day sparked fears in his orbit that perhaps he was being called in by the Department of Justice. Turns out he was visiting his golf course in suburban Virginia. The sense from Trumpworld, each and every day, there’s a bad headline, another shoe is set to drop, and they do worry that there’s more below the surface they’re not seeing it. This is the most worried the Trumpworld has ever been, I would say, of the possibility of legal peril for the former president.

And, yes, it is hard to feel “bullet proof” when one’s phone is being subpoenaed. It gets real, real fast, just as soon as you know that a judge has signed off on looking through your stuff, all of it personal, to find out whether you were part of a crime.

At that point, you are simply waiting for the next shoe to drop.


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