Former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson has issued a warning that if former President Donald Trump wins a second term, there will be no containment barrier to his actions. Hutchinson, who recently released her book “Enough,” which details the chaos and anarchy of the Trump administration, believes that Trump’s violations of the Constitution should disqualify him from the presidency. She expressed her concerns during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, stating that Trump poses a significant threat to American democracy. Hutchinson also worries that a second term for Trump would inevitably lead to the same individuals running the government, many of whom are facing indictments.
Hutchinson had worked under Mark Meadows, the former White House Secretary General, who is among a group of Trump aides and advisers now facing criminal charges. Meadows, along with 18 others, including Trump himself, was indicted in a racketeering case related to their efforts to overturn the 2020 election loss in Georgia. While Hutchinson expressed sympathy for Meadows, she hopes that he will cooperate with investigations into Trump’s actions.
Regarding the Republican Party’s response to Trump’s actions, Hutchinson expressed disappointment with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the lack of strong leadership. She stated that McCarthy’s close ties with Trump make her doubt his ability to lead the party effectively. Hutchinson, who still considers herself a Republican, no longer recognizes the party under Trump’s leadership.
Hutchinson’s book also reveals her personal struggle with loyalty to Trump. Even after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, she remained loyal to him until her job prospects within the administration fell through. She recalls feeling envious when her friend Alyssa Farah Griffin, former White House communications director, criticized Trump’s actions. Hutchinson’s loyalty to Trump wavered, leading her to testify before the Jan. 6 committee and change attorneys.
In reflecting on her journey, Hutchinson admitted that at one point, she didn’t like the person she had become within the Trump world. She ultimately decided to correct her course and return to the person she aspired to be when she entered public service.
Hutchinson’s insights and warnings about Trump’s potential second term come at a critical time in American politics. As Trump continues to exert influence within the Republican Party, Hutchinson’s perspective sheds light on the dangers she perceives if Trump were to regain power.