In a post on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump vehemently dismissed allegations made in a new book by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl. The book, titled “Tired of Winning,” presented various accounts of Trump’s presidency, including an alleged incident involving celebrity Kim Kardashian.
Trump’s post on Truth Social characterized Karl as a “Failed ABC Fake News reporter” as he critiqued his literary talent. Trump specifically addressed a story in Karl’s book where Kardashian is said to have offered to leverage her celebrity status to bring football stars to the White House in exchange for Trump commuting the sentences of certain prisoners.
Trump categorically denied this claim, stating, “This story is Fake News in that she would be the last person I asked to get football players.”
“This did not happen often,” wrote Trump. “I did help with prisoner commutation, but only if deserving, and much more so for Kanye West than for Kim, who probably voted for Crooked Joe Biden, and look at the mess our Country is in now. Many other false stories in Karl’s very boring book, but nothing worth mentioning!”
Trump’s post further criticized the book as filled with many other false stories, dismissing it as “very boring” and not worth mentioning.
According to Axios, the book claims that during his presidency, Trump hung up on Kim K after she reached out to him for assistance with a clemency case. The book is part of Karl’s trilogy on the former president.
Following her well-known 2018 meeting in the Oval Office, where she advocated for a pardon, Kardashian later sought additional commutations during Trump’s final presidential days.
Trump allegedly responded by requesting a quid pro quo: he asked Kardashian to leverage her celebrity status to arrange visits from football stars to the White House, in return for granting the commutations.
“A source familiar with the conversations tells me Trump listened to her requests and demanded a straight-up quid pro quo. He would grant the commutations, he told Kardashian, if she leveraged her celebrity connections to get football stars who were friends of hers to come visit him at the White House.
Kardashian actually tried to do what Trump demanded, seeing it as a small price to pay to get justice for people she believed were serving unjust sentences. But all the players she approached declined. Trump had become too toxic. In the final two weeks of his presidency, nobody wanted to be anywhere near him.”
Despite her efforts, Kardashian was unable to fulfill this request as the players she approached declined, finding Trump too controversial at the time according to Karl’s book.
Months after Trump left office, Kardashian reportedly reached out to him again for a high-profile endorsement of another clemency plea. Trump’s response was dismissive, questioning her support in the 2020 election and abruptly ending the call.
A spokesperson for Trump dismissed Karl’s book, calling it “disgraceful and talentless.”
“John Carl [sic] is a back-bencher who could never get his own show for obvious reasons. Excerpts previously released from this ‘book’ have already been thoroughly debunked.”