Trashed by Trump as ‘Slow, Lazy and Cowardly’, Bill Barr Says He May Still Vote for Him in 2024

© AP Photo / Evan VucciAttorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump at the McCormick Place Convention Centre Chicago
Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump at the McCormick Place Convention Centre Chicago - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.03.2022
Donald Trump has blamed Barr and other senior officials in his administration for failing to address what Trump claimed to have been widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The former president’s allegations have not been addressed in any US court, and have been broadly dismissed by Democrats and even many Republicans.
Former US attorney general Bill Barr has said that he would not rule out voting for his former boss Donald Trump if the latter was the GOP candidate in 2024.
“I certainly have made it clear I don’t think he should be our nominee, and I’m gonna support somebody else for the nomination,” Barr said in an interview with NBC’s Today programme. However, “because 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,” he added.
The former attorney general made the comments after being mercilessly trashed by Trump over his new book ‘One Damn Thing After Another’, in which he accused the former president of lying about the 2020 election and charged him with responsibility for the 6 January 2021 Capitol riots.
Trump issued a three-page long statement blasting Barr as “slow,” “lethargic,” “lazy and cowardly,” and suggesting that he “never had what it takes to make a great Attorney General.” Trump then took to Telegram to further attack his former AG, saying the official “wouldn’t know voter fraud if it was staring him in the face,” calling him “weak” and “ineffective,” and suggesting that he was “broken” by the Democrats in an attempt to “save his own hide.”
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Barr dismissed Trump’s electoral fraud claims in his Today interview. “There was no stealing of the election through fraud, which means you know that people who are not qualified to vote or didn’t exist, their votes were counted, or that good votes were subtracted. The vote reflected the decision of the people,” he said.
“First, all the examples [of alleged fraud] that were thrown up very early were vaporware. There was nothing to them. They were just false. For example, one that the president repeated recently saying that more people voted in Philadelphia than there were voters – nonsense. It was nonsense. Second, no evidence has come out since then. But third you look at the vote, the actual vote, and there’s no mystery as to why he lost. He lost for the reason he was told for a whole year he was gonna lose, which is he alienated independent and Republican voters in the suburbs. That’s why he lost,” Barr said.
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The ex-attorney general also dismissed Trump’s personal insults, calling them “par for the course.”
“The president is a man who, when he’s told something he doesn’t wanna hear, he immediately throws a tantrum and attacks the person personally. So I thought the letter was childish,” Barr said.
Trump has burned his bridges with a large number of his former officials and foreign allies after leaving office. Trump previously accused his former vice president Mike Pence of “cowardice” and called Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “stupid.” Late last year, Trump raged at former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his recognition of Biden’s victory, telling an interviewer “F*** him.”
After being defeated by Democratic candidate Joe Biden in 2020, Trump spent months claiming (and continues to claim) that his loss was the result of massive vote fraud using rigged voting machines, mail-in ballot dumps, and other manipulations. To date, no court has heard the Republic’s claims, and in December 2020, the Supreme Court threw out an appeal by the State of Texas to challenge results in several swing states.
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