Former President Donald Trump recently released a book about his presidency called Our Journey Together. Much-hyped and full of amazing photos of the former president and his many accomplishments, it’s already sold 200,000 copies, though the number sold has been limited by supply chain issues, with Breitbart reporting that “Democrat President Joe Biden’s supply chain shortages are preventing publishers from printing the books fast enough.”
Still, Trump is working to hype up the book yet further. To do so, he recently hosted a press call with numerous conservative media outlets including Breitbart, which helpfully provided a transcript of some of the highlights, a transcript that was used for this article, and spoke on numerous topics besides the book, giving his opinion on everything from Nancy Pelosi’s stock trades, about which he said “she should not be allowed to do that. It’s not fair to the rest of this country,” to Bidenflation.
The call contained many unsurprising comments, namely the derogatory comments about President Brandon, but also a few surprising points, such as when Trump praised Kevin McCarthy.
Speaking on McCarthy and the many GOP candidates he’s helped out, perhaps as a way to impress upon hesitant Republicans that he can play well with others if he needs to, Trump said:
“Kevin and I have worked really well together. We got people elected. As you see, I’ve endorsed many people. I’m 158-2. One hundred fifty eight wins and two losses. And the two losses, the people that won are friends of mine now and they were more conservative, they were more Trump as I say, than the people I put up. But it’s 158-2, which is an incredible record. Nobody has that record.
I very much helped in Virginia. If I didn’t do that, we would have lost by a lot. People understand that. People in Virginia understand that, that I can tell you. People went out in force at my request, and if they didn’t go out it would have been a very big loss. We’ve done very well with that. Kevin and I work very well together. We do the tele-townhalls and we’ll get 20 or 25 thousand people on calls. We’ve had a great success. If you look at last time, we were expected to lose 25 to 30 House seats and I made 58 calls.
Some were for senators by the way also, and I think you would have been 60-40 in the Senate if I didn’t get involved—you would have been 60-40 down in the Senate. In the House, instead of losing 35 seats and it could have been more than that, we won 16 and everyone was so surprised and that is because I endorsed people. I said give me the ones who are losing close or evening winning close and I made those calls. It turned out to be 58 calls, including for senators like Joni Ernst and Dan Sullivan and I think North Carolina was another one of them—Thom [Tillis]. It was a lot of calls I made, and it would have been 60-40. For instance, in South Carolina, Lindsey [Graham] is very happy to tell people that I helped him greatly. I won very big in South Carolina and was very glad I helped Lindsey. We could go over the list, and it’s very special, but I worked with Kevin closely on that.”
Also perhaps as an attempt to stave of criticism that he starts fights unnecessarily and isn’t positive enough about his allies, such as Governor DeSantis, Trump said he has a “very good” relationship with the governor, remarking that:
“When he wanted to run, he asked for my support and I supported him and he went up immediately very, very high. He won the election the day I announced I was going to give him my endorsement. Then I helped him beat their so-called star, the Democrats’ so-called star, who turned out not to be very much of a star. But I have a very good relationship with him and we’ve had that for a long time and I was very supportive of him and I continue to be. I think he’s good.”
Also on an upbeat note he had a message of hope for Republicans, making the case that the American people are already tired of the disastrous Democrat “leadership” and want Republicans back in the driver’s seat, saying “I really think it’s because people—they see what’s happening now and want to go back to the past.”
That comment on the past gave him an opportunity to speak on his record, which he did, saying:
“Despite the witch hunts, despite the impeachment hoaxes, despite the Mueller hoax, despite the no collusion hoax of 18 angry Democrats for two and a half years—at least they did the right thing but two and a half years, that was all a setup by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats and it caused us a lot of problems with Russia and others. But despite all of that, I think we accomplished as much as any president—or more—with the tax cuts. The biggest tax cuts in history, the biggest regulation cuts in history.
We took care of our vets, we took care of our military, a 92 percent approval rating with our vets. All my life I’ve watched the vets just being decimated. At least once or twice a week on the nightly news you see stories about the vets and just how bad it is. You never saw that, you haven’t seen that in two or three years now—and it was a mess when we took over the VA. We got so many things approved for them. Number one, we were allowed to fire people who were horrible and didn’t get things done for them and were statists, and number two we were—if they were in line and couldn’t get things taken care of, we passed legislation that they would go out and would get themselves taken care of by a doctor and we would pay the bill. We had a 92 percent approval rating. So many different things—ANWR was such a big thing, energy independence was such a big thing.”
Still, Trump wasn’t entirely positive during the interview, as can be expected. He also used it as an opportunity to go after his enemies and their records, most of all Brandon and his dismal first year in office.
Speaking on Biden’s utter disaster of a press conference yesterday and how the media hacks acted like utter Democrat lackeys during it, Trump said:
“I wish they asked me questions so nicely like that. They’re almost apologizing for asking the questions,” Trump said, mocking the White House press corps’ handling of Biden with kid gloves. “It’s a hell of a thing to watch because he’ll read a list and he’ll pick somebody from the list then he’ll look down at his notes and he’ll answer the question. I never did that. I don’t think I could have gotten away with it.”
Then, later, he returned to the topic of Brandon’s presidency, hitting him for all of his many failures, particularly Bidenfaltion and the utter route of US forces in Afghanistan, saying:
“Now we are back to, you look at what’s happening—from $1.87 a gallon to now I just see in California it’s over $7 a gallon for gasoline for your car. It’s so sad to see what’s happened to our country. I must tell you the real thing in terms of bringing us down was the incompetence of the Afghan withdrawal, when we withdrew and gave them $85 billion worth of equipment. $85 billion—nobody knows what that even means, $85 billion.
Then they have parades back and forth showing the equipment they got. They’re wearing our uniforms and they have everything, the goggles, the guns, the tanks, the planes. They have everything. We just left. So incompetent, and then the border where you have millions of people coming in. The fact is in one year you have a very different country than we had. That includes drugs. Drugs are coming now at a level that they’ve never come into the country before and a year ago they were at the lowest level they’ve been at in 40 years. I think that’s why the book is doing well, they’re looking a little bit to the past. It’s unfortunate in that way.”
Let’s hope Trump or someone like him is back in office soon; Brandon is an utter disaster.