President Donald Trump campaigned with Josh Hawley during his successful 2018 Senate campaign against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
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Fiona Hill called out GOP lawmakers for showing „blind support” for Trump as he tried to nullify the 2020 election.
McCarthy, Cruz, Hawley, and more than 150 other Republicans actively „assisted his effort to overturn the constitutional order,” Hill wrote.
She said their deference to Trump after the Capitol riot shows the „enduring” damage he did to US democracy.
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Fiona Hill in her new memoir said the „blind support” GOP lawmakers showed to former President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election demonstrated how „enduring his damage to American democracy would be.”
„In the end, even after the Capitol was seized by the violent mob, 147 Republican representatives, including House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, endorsed some of Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results,” Hill wrote in her book, „There Is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century.”
„So did Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and six other politically ambitious senators who wanted to tap into Trump’s popular support,” she wrote.
„In this way they not only assisted his effort to overturn the constitutional order; they also signaled that their party would not part ways from Trump under any circumstances,” Hill added.
Spokespeople for Trump, McCarthy, Cruz, and Hawley did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Hill served as an intelligence analyst from 2006 to 2009, under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In 2017, she was appointed as Trump’s top Russia advisor on the National Security Council.
In her memoir, Hill wrote that even though Trump lost the 2020 election, he still „usurped the Republican party.” She also highlighted how Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., „ominously” referred to the GOP as „Donald Trump’s Republican Party.”
Hill went on to note how Trump publicly threatened to destroy the political careers of Republicans who didn’t embrace his „Big Lie” about the election, and how he cowed them „into submission.”
Hill kept a relatively low profile while working in Trump’s White House. But in her memoir, she compared working in his administration, „with all the endless hits and explosions,” to the World War II blitz.
„It was just as exhausting putting out political incendiary devices at the White House before someone’s game blew us up too,” she wrote, adding that she ended up treating her experience „as a foray into terra incognita,” or unexplored territory.
Hill catapulted into the spotlight in late 2019 when she was one of several career national security and foreign policy officials to testify in Congress’ first impeachment inquiry into Trump. She and other witnesses detailed at length how Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were operating a shadow foreign policy channel vis-a-vis Ukraine as part of a domestic political campaign to boost his 2020 chances.
Trump was impeached a second time after the House of Representatives charged him in January 2021 with incitement of insurrection in connection to the deadly Capitol riot. Hill in her book referred to the siege as a „self-coup,” and added that the „good news” was that Trump’s effort failed.
The „bad news,” however, is that his „supporters still believed the Big Lie that he had won the presidential election,” she wrote.
Hill also drew parallels in the book between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has in recent years taken extraordinary steps to remain in power indefinitely. She warned that Trump’s presidency may have „paved the way” for someone more „capable” and less „insecure” to „pull a Putin in America.”