Former attorney general Bill Barr has a book coming out on Tuesday, and as such he’s been doing the media rounds to promote it. Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest topics of conversation has been Donald Trump and his attempt to steal the election, which included a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. Unlike many members of the Republican Party, whose fealty to Trump has not waned, Barr has chosen not to defend the former guy‘s actions, writing that his “self-indulgence and lack of self-control” cost him a second term and that “the absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill.” In the lead up to said riot, Barr says that Trump “stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and unreasonable, and was off the rails.” The former A.G. has also gone on record that he believes Trump was “responsible” for January 6.
Naturally, Trump cannot handle any criticism whatsoever, and last week wrote a three-page letter to NBC’s Lester Holt, whose team had reached out for comment prior to their interview with Barr airing. In addition to screaming about the former AG refusing to investigate baseless claims of election fraud, the ex-president included some trademark insults about how Barr, who hired, was unqualified for the job. Reading between the lines Trump also appears to call Barr fat, because he is nothing if not a schoolyard bully/Biff Tannen brought to life. A small selection of the crazy includes:
- Barr “was slow, lethargic, and I realized early on that he never had what it takes to make a great Attorney General. When the Radical Left threatened to hold him in contempt and even worse, to Impeach him, he became virtually worthless to Law and Order and Election Integrity. They broke him just like a trainer breaks a horse.”
- “Bill Barr was a big disappointment to me as Attorney General, he was afraid to act, and usually didn’t.”
- “I would imagine that if the book is anything like him, it will be long, slow, and very boring…. He crumbled under the pressure, and bowed to the Radical Left.”
- “Barr’s lack of energy, drive, and curiosity led me to say things to him that should have never even been necessary—but he was so lazy and cowardly, he just never quite understood what was going on.”
In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on Monday, Barr was asked about Trump’s comment, to which he responded: “It’s par for the course. The president is a man who, when he’s told something he doesn’t want to hear, he immediately throws a tantrum and attacks the person personally.”
But would Barr vote for the guy anyway? Given everything he’s said about him, the answer would have to be definitely not, right? Actually: wrong!
While stressing that he doesn’t think Trump should be the Republican Party’s nominee, and that he will “support somebody else for the nomination,” Barr nevertheless conceded that he would 100% vote for a man whose actions in office he has described in print for all the world to see as “manic,” “unreasonable,” and “off the rails.” Attempting to justify such a decision, he told Guthrie, “I believe that the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party, it’s inconceivable to me that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee.”
“Even if he lied about the election and threatened democracy, as you write in your book,” Guthrie asked? Even then!
As New York’s Ed Kilgore notes, this may actually be one of the scariest previews of what’s in store for the country should Trump decided to run again. “If you want to understand Donald Trump’s high odds of winning his party’s presidential nomination in 2024…don’t focus on his most avid MAGA-movement supporters,” Kilgore writes. “Look at Republicans like his former attorney general Bill Barr, who make money trashing the 45th president in books and media appearances but say they’ll support his future political ambitions anyway.” We already know there is literally nothing Trump can do to lose the backing of his most avid supporters, up to and including ritual sacrifice. But apparently even the people who are literally out there telling the world he is a dangerous maniac are still on board too.
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