Trump reportedly told advisers that he wanted soldiers to “beat the fuck” out of the mostly peaceful demonstrators, according to an excerpt from Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s “‘Frankly, We Did Win This Election’: The Inside Story Of How Trump Lost” that was published by CNN on Thursday.
“Just shoot them,” Trump reportedly repeatedly demanded. He is also quoted as saying he wanted to “crack their skulls.”
After some aides challenged the order, the then-president slightly softened. “Well, shoot them in the leg — or maybe the foot, but be hard on them,” he said, according to the book.
In another incident around the time of the protests, Bender reported that Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, told Trump’s then-senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to “shut the fuck up” after Miller claimed cities were like war zones.