The author of a book on the history of White House chiefs of staff said in a Sunday Washington Post op-ed that Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump Pressure grows on Trump to leave MORE is the worst to ever hold the position.
Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” acknowledged what he said was stiff competition, including former President Nixon’s chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, who went to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal.
However, he said, “Meadows, Trump’s fourth chief of staff, has been a yes-man straight from central casting, the see-no-evil West Wing minder Trump wanted but could never find.”
Whipple included harsh words for President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE’s previous chiefs of staff, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-White House officials urge Trump to condemn violence at Capitol Making America dull again Fauci says he has not talked to Biden: He doesn’t want to ‘put me in a compromised position’ MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyThe Hill’s Morning Report – House to impeach Trump this week Democrats, GOP face defining moments after Capitol riot The Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what comes next MORE, but wrote that “Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, has raised sycophancy to an art form. When Trump chose paths that were destructive to himself and to the country, there is little evidence that Meadows forced him to reconsider.”
Whipple went on to castigate the current chief of staff for his part in the White House handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election.
He also highlighted Meadows’s participation in a call in which Trump demanded that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) “find” enough votes for the president to win the Peach State, calling it the former congressman’s “lowest moment.”
Whipple concludes by lambasting Meadows’s handling of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“As the insurrectionists sacked the Capitol, chanting ‘Hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhy the Senate should not rush an impeachment trial FBI: Capitol rioters claim officer told them, ‘It’s your house now’ An attack on America that’s divided Congress — and a nation MORE,’ Meadows reportedly tried to persuade the president to do something to quell the crisis. He couldn’t get through to Trump. By then, the monster Meadows had helped to create was beyond anyone’s control,” Whipple wrote.