Vanity Fair got hold of an unredacted copy of Bolton’s book, or parts of it at least. And what they found goes a long way to explaining Bunker Boy’s exploding head.
The redacted version is bad enough: Trump was pushing Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by buying from the farmers who are a major part of his base. But Bolton was forced to drop the actual quotes. Vanity Fair picked them up:
According to an unredacted passage shown to Vanity Fair by a source, Trump’s ask is even more crudely shocking when you read Trump’s specific language. “Make sure I win,” Trump allegedly told Xi during a dinner at the G20 conference in Osaka, Japan last summer. “I will probably win anyway, so don’t hurt my farms.… Buy a lot of soybeans and wheat and make sure we win.” [emphasis added]
Make sure I win. You want something from the US? You want to put the squeeze on me? Here’s how to do it.
Bolton describes Trump in this scene as a “needy supplicant.” Reading the whole thing, though, I think that’s only part of it. Bunker Boy is pleading with Xi to help him win because he’s nervous about the election (this was the same time he was twisting Zelenskiy’s arm in Kiev to get dirt on Biden). But that second part is mafia-speak — you better be nice to me because I’m going to win. There’s no contradiction here: Bunker Boy can talk out of both sides of his mouth because he has a forked tongue.
Vanity Fair found a couple more exact quotes (ok, alleged quotes — but they sound exactly like something the idiot would say). Prior to G20 conference, Trump and Xi spoke by phone. The Great Orange Blubberer said:
“I miss you,” and then said, “this is totally up to you, but the most popular thing I’ve ever been involved with is making a deal with China.… Making a deal with China would be a very popular thing for me.’”
So, China, would you like some more leverage to use against the United States?
Then, when Xi “explained” why he was locking up Uighurs in concentration camps. . .
“According to our interpreter, Trump said to Xi, ‘go ahead, you’re doing exactly the right thing.’”
Words. Flail. Me. (Yes, I’ve used the line before; Bunker Boy is an unending source of flagellation.)