A number of Bush-era Republicans are voting for Joe Biden, but don’t count John Bolton among them.
The mustachioed ex-Trump adviser gave Democrats another reason to hate him on Sunday when, according to The Hill, a spokesperson denied that Bolton has any plans to vote for Joe Biden in November — even as he releases a tell-all book slamming the president.
Breaking with the party line
Democrats and Republicans alike have expressed frustration with Bolton, who accuses Trump in his upcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, of governing the country in a rudderless way and with a view to his personal interests only.
In an interview to promote the memoir with the British Telegraph newspaper, the former National Security adviser railed against Trump and condemned the direction he has taken the Republican Party, Fox News reported, echoing familiar criticism from establishment Republicans who have gone so far in opposing Trump that they are defecting to the Dems.
“In 2016 I voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton. Now, having seen this president up close, I cannot do this again,” Bolton said, according to The Hill. “My concern is for the country, and he does not represent the Republican cause that I want to back.”
But a spokesperson for Bolton denied the Telegraph’s claim that Bolton, beyond just abstaining from a Trump vote, was throwing his weight behind Biden. “This statement is incorrect. The Ambassador never said he planned to vote for Joe Biden,” Bolton spokeswoman Sarah Tinsley said, according to The Hill.
“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,” Tinsley added.
Bushies go in for Biden
That statement must come to the dismay of Democrats, who have latched onto Bolton’s book even as they rail against the former Trump adviser for failing to testify about Trump’s alleged misdeeds during Trump’s impeachment trial.
President Trump and Republicans have meanwhile insisted that Bolton, who left the White House in 2019 over foreign policy disagreements with Trump, is a liar who is just out for revenge and profit.
Indeed, Trump is a fierce critic of the Iraq War — but Bolton, who served as an ambassador under President George W. Bush, was and remains a tireless advocate of the invasion. A number of Bush-era Republicans, including Colin Powell, have endorsed Biden, but it doesn’t appear that Bolton will join them.
Bolton has also slammed the way Dems handled impeachment, telling ABC that they are “almost as bad and somewhat equivalent” to Trump, according to Fox.
Bolton’s book will come out on Tuesday, after a judge shot down an effort by the Trump administration to block its publication, Fox noted. Only time will tell if it has any impact on the 2020 race, however, or if those on both the left and right prove smart enough to see right through Bolton’s claims.