In a recent development that has grabbed the spotlight in political circles, former President Donald Trump has robustly refuted allegations made in an upcoming book by Liz Cheney, suggesting that he suffered from depression and ceased eating following his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Contrary to these claims, Trump insists that he indulged in more food than usual during that period. The controversy stems from Cheney's soon-to-be-released book, "Oath and Honor," which includes a narrative about Trump's alleged loss of appetite post the Jan.
6 Capitol attack. The book cites former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's secretive visit to Mar-a-Lago, ostensibly out of concern for Trump's well-being. However, Trump, in a recent Truth Social post, vehemently dismissed these assertions, directing sharp criticism at Cheney, a noted critic within his party.
Trump's post, laden with his characteristic forthrightness, refutes the claim about his supposed depression and lack of appetite. “That statement is not true. I was not depressed, I WAS ANGRY, and it was not that I was not eating, it was that I was eating too much," he stated.
Trump further elaborated that McCarthy's visit was not about his health but aimed to secure his support and unify the Republican Party.
McCarthy's Concerns Addressed
Cheney's book, as per excerpts published by CNN, presents McCarthy's version differently.
According to her, McCarthy's visit was prompted by concerns from Trump's staff about his mental state post the Capitol riot. The book quotes McCarthy as saying, "Trump’s not eating, so they asked me to come see him," portraying a scenario of deep concern for Trump's state of mind.
Responding to these claims, a spokesperson for McCarthy offered a comment to CNN, suggesting that Cheney's criticism extends not only to Trump but also to McCarthy, hinting at what they termed "McCarthy Derangement Syndrome."
Cheney's Book Controversy
Trump's response further delved into Cheney's political setbacks, notably her significant defeat in the August 2022 Republican House primary in Wyoming.
He inaccurately claimed that Cheney's loss was the largest ever for an incumbent Congressperson in U.S. history. Trump also accused Cheney and others involved with the January 6 Committee of deleting and destroying evidence, a claim he did not substantiate.
The release of Cheney's book, subtitled "A Memoir and a Warning," is highly anticipated. It frames the 2024 election as a critical juncture for American democracy, with Cheney emphasizing the imperative of upholding the Constitution.
In a sharp rebuke to the claims made in Cheney's book, Trump's spokesperson, Steven Cheung, dismissed the accounts as fabricated, aimed at undermining Trump's perceived lead in the race for the Republican nomination and potential candidacy against Joe Biden in the next presidential election.
Cheung's statement paints Cheney as a desperate figure trying to sell her book through sensational claims. As the political arena buzzes with these latest revelations and counter-statements, the focus remains on the veracity of the claims in Cheney's book and Trump's forceful rebuttal, reflecting ongoing tensions within the Republican Party.