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John Bolton cast his vote for President Donald Trump in 2016 but has made it clear that come November, he will not be voting for him again — or his Democrat rival Joe Biden.
The former White House national security adviser asserted to a national British newspaper that he would not be backing Trump after seeing him “up close.” And after a spokesperson clarified that he would also not be casting a vote for the Democratic presidential nominee either, Bolton confirmed that fact in an ABC News interview.
(Source: ABC News)
Promoting his upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” Bolton bashed the president in an interview with the U.K.’s The Telegraph, saying he “did not have the requisite competence to be president,” and “does not have a philosophical grounding or strategy.”
“He does not know the difference between the national interest of the U.S., and the interests of Donald Trump,” Bolton claimed. “There is confusion over the national interest and his personal interest, which is very dangerous for the country.”
He also made it clear Trump would not be getting his vote in November.
“Now, having seen this president up close,” he said. “I cannot do this again. My concern is for the country, and he does not represent the Republican cause that I want to back.”
The Telegraph’s conclusion that Bolton would, as a result, be voting for Biden was shot down by spokesperson Sarah Tinsley.
“This statement is incorrect. The Ambassador never said he planned to vote for Joe Biden,” Tinsley said in a statement to Axios. “He has consistently said in recent days he will be writing in the name of a conservative Republican. Let there be no doubt — he will not be voting for Trump or Biden.”
Bolton reiterated that point in an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz which aired on Sunday, saying he would “certainly not” be voting for either candidate.
“I’m gonna figure out a conservative Republican to write in,” he said, adding that he hoped history would remember Trump as “a one-term president.”
He told Raddatz that although the Trump administration poses a “danger for the republic,” he felt Democrats were “almost as bad” as they focused their energy on removing him from office in what he characterized as a “partisan catfight.”
He addressed the bipartisan criticism about why he didn’t come forward and testify during Trump’s House impeachment trial, waiting instead to reveal his allegations in a book.
“I was fully prepared — if I got a subpoena like everybody else who testified got a subpoena,” Bolton said. “I think the way the House advocates of impeachment proceeded was badly wrong. I think it was impeachment malpractice. I think they were determined because of their own political objectives to conduct an impeachment proceeding that was very narrowly focused on Ukraine, and that went very, very quickly.”
“Minds were made up on Capitol Hill.”
John Bolton defends his decision not to testify during the impeachment trial, telling @martharaddatz, “It would not have made a difference.” https://t.co/jiL4cpAnp7 pic.twitter.com/P3z87I43AM
— ABC News (@ABC) June 22, 2020
He accused Democrats of rushing through the process because “they didn’t wanna mess up the Democratic presidential nomination” and said it “wouldn’t have made any difference.”
“Now, I find that conduct almost as bad and somewhat equivalent to Trump,” Bolton added, “that they’re torquing one of the gravest constitutional responsibilities the House of Representatives has, the power of impeachment, around their presidential nomination schedule. And, they failed utterly to accomplish what they wanted. In fact, they made things worse, because their strategy fitted with the Trump political strategy. Keep it narrow, and move it fast. So, what did they do? The House advocates said, ‘We have proven Trump is impeached forever, and that he’d learn a lesson from it.'”
“I think the House Democrats built a cliff, they threw themselves off of it,” he said. “Halfway down, they looked up and saw me, and said, “Hey, why don’t you come along?”
Rep. Adam Schiff, who told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that he had not read Bolton’s book, slammed the former diplomat on Twitter after the interview.
Tonight, Bolton was pressed on why he didn’t come forward and testify, instead saving it for a book.
Bolton insisted it wasn’t about the cash.
Well, to quote Dale Bumpers during a different impeachment:
“When you hear somebody say, ‘This is not about money,’ it’s about money.”
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 22, 2020
“Tonight, Bolton was pressed on why he didn’t come forward and testify, instead saving it for a book. Bolton insisted it wasn’t about the cash. Well, to quote Dale Bumpers during a different impeachment: ‘When you hear somebody say, ‘This is not about money,’ it’s about money.”
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