The House Select Committee's interview with Trump's former communications director, Alyssa Farah Griffin, has shed light on the challenges of working for the former president, including his compulsive tweeting habits.
A released interview transcript held by the House Select Committee concerning the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol has revealed some interesting things about what it was like working for former president Donald Trump.
Particularly concerning his problems with compulsive tweeting.
Alyssa Farah Griffin, Trump's former communications director, detailed in the interview that no matter what plans she had, all of them would be derailed by whatever Trump tweeted. According to the transcript, Griffin explains that her role as Trump’s communication director was “not something that really effectively existed.”
She explains that the role was a challenge and quickly resigned in December 2020 after just 8 months of working as the former president’s communication director, elaborating that the resignation was a “tacit nod” to Trump’s loss during the elections in November.
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Trump's Compulsive Tweeting Was ‘Chaos’ For Griffin and Her Team
She described Trump as a ‘wild card’ who made her role futile during the events that she worked for him. She mentioned that it could have been her own naivety or maybe ‘hubris’ that led her to believe she had any control over communications or press operations working in the Trump administration. Griffin explained that she never knew what he would say or do that would “throw everything off course”.
Griffin called Trump’s uncontrolled tweets “chaos” and even went as far as citing a specific example. She described the time he tweeted about the popular theory that MSNBC'S Joe Scarborough murdered his intern, which was confirmed to be untrue after a medical examination showed the intern passed out from an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head.
Griffin detailed another instance where Trump’s tweeting caused more harm than good, explaining the time Trump tweeted about ‘injecting bleach’ as a way to beat Covid. Before Trump posted the tweet, Griffin attended a Coronavirus Task Force meeting where the idea of injecting bleach was briefed. She said the idea traveled all the way to the former Vice President, Mike Pence, who briefed the idea to Trump.
Griffin Tried To Stop The “Inject Bleach” Tweet Before Trump Posted It
Griffin said she tried to stop it by going to Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff, to explain to him that this “was going to blow up in their faces”. However, Meadows ended up overruling Griffin’s concern, and the tweet went public, which ended up being met with an insane amount of backlash and mockery.
Griffin explained that she had a very professional team but that nothing they ever did – including exceptional policy rollouts or surrogates operations – was able to keep up with Trump's tweeting.
“It was a wild 8 months,” she told the panel.
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