Former Senior Director for Europe and Russia at the United States National Security Council Fiona Hill said that many of the officials under Former President Trump’s administration were “obsessed” with power the same way Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” was obsessed with the ring.
“We used to have this running shtick in our office at the NSC. As a kid, I was a great fan of Tolkien and ‘Lord of the Rings.’ So, in the Trump administration, we’d talk about the ring, and the fear of becoming Gollum,” Hill told The New York Times Magazine.
Hill told The Times that she witnessed “quite a few people” in the administration that were “obsessing over ‘my precious,’ the excitement and the power of being in the White House.”
More specifically, she pointed to “The ones who wouldn’t testify in his impeachment hearing.”
She compared Trump’s inciting of the January 6 insurrection was his attempt at being like Russia’s Vladimir Putin who changed Russia’s constitution so that he’d be able to remain in power.
“I remembered how, in 2020, Putin had changed Russia’s Constitution to allow him to stay in power longer,” she said. “This was Trump pulling a Putin.”