Two years ago, former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr had a well-publicized split over whether the 2020 election result was tainted by fraud.
However, Barr suggested during a recent interview that things were already strained between them. According to him, Trump cursed at several White House officials as deadly riots unfolded.
“The president was bellowing at a number of his Cabinet secretaries and especially the military guys, the DoD secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and calling all of us f–king losers at the top of his lungs,” Barr recalled.
Breitbart cited a Washington Post report from June of 2020 which said that then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered National Guard troops to disarm and wear soft caps without consulting Trump.
“Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper made the decision to disarm the guard without consulting the White House, after President Trump ordered a militarized show of force on the streets on the streets of Washington to quell demonstrations that were punctured by an episode of looting Sunday, two senior administration officials said. Trump had encouraged the National Guard to be armed,” the paper was quoted as saying.
Trump went on to fire Esper in November of that year, replacing him with National Counterterrorism Center head Christopher Miller.
Barr slams media over Russia hoax
For his part, Barr has said that while he would prefer if someone else were to be the Republican Party’s nominee in 2024, he will still vote for Trump if the former president is again on the ballot.
What’s more, he didn’t hold back when it came to criticizing the media for promoting false allegations that his former boss colluded with Russia.
“I’ve been surprised that the mainstream media and the people who fanned this to the point of hysteria haven’t come back to say, ‘Yeah, there was a big lie in 2016 that has hurt the country and distorted our politics and foreign policy throughout the Trump administration,” he told Weiss.
“It was unjust,” the former attorney general continued, adding, “It was wrong. And we made a mistake.’ Very few, if any, have come out to say that.”