Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton was interviewed on “This Week” Sunday where commented on Trump leaving office.
Discussing Republican leaders, Martha Raddatz said to Bolton “Very few of them are accepting those results.” She then asked him “So what happens? I mean you can talk about that all you want, but they’re not doing it.”
Bolton responded “Well, I think they’re getting ready to do it. I’ve said I think this is a character test for the Republican Party. I don’t buy the argument that Donald Trump has hypnotized Republican voters or they’re not capable of accepting the truth. This is a myth that’s being perpetrated that’s simply not true. But it requires people to explain what happened.”
He continued “The Trump campaign simply has no evidence. Their basic argument is this was a conspiracy so vast and so successful that there’s no evidence of it. Now if that’s true, I really want to know who the people are who pulled this off. We need to hire them at the CIA.”
“The fact is this is all blue smoke and mirrors. I think people will accept that if they see leaders they respect explain it to them,” he added.
Bolton later added “I do not expect him to go graciously. I do expect him to go. But I think pretty soon we’ll get the stab in the back theories. We’ll get the dark conspiracy theories continued. And he will make life as difficult as he can for the incoming Biden administration.”
“I think that harms the country. I’ve been through five separate transitions and I know how difficult it is coming in and going out. And every day that he delays under the pretense that he’s simply asking for his legal remedies ultimately is to the country’s disadvantage, certainly in the national security space, and I think given (ph) the coronavirus pandemic and the effective distribution of the vaccine and a range of other things as well,” he added.
The same day, President Trump tweeted “John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the “pleasure” to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, “Gee, let’s go to war.” Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!”