Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has been at odds with Donald Trump ever since the former president unceremoniously fired him over three years ago, a fact which became apparent again last week.
During a recent interview with The Guardian, Bolton suggested that Trump’s candidacy to win the GOP 2024 presidential nomination is doomed to failure.
GOP voters fear loss by Trump
“Even if they loved his style, loved his approach, loved his policies, loved everything about him, they don’t want to lose,” Bolton said of Republican primary voters.
As evidence, the former White House official pointed to disappointing results in this year’s midterm elections. Despite predictions of a red wave, Republicans managed to only narrowly win the House and failed to take control of the Senate.
“The fear is, given the results on [Nov. 8], that if he got the nomination, not only would he lose the general election, but he would take an awful lot of Republican candidates down with him,” Bolton contended.
He went on to insist that there is a significant “number of people who have just switched Trump off in their brain.”
Bolton is a controversial figure
Bolton has been the target of criticism from many on the right who object to his support for interventionist foreign policy positions, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During a televised debate last month with Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, Republican Sen.-elect J.D. Vance pointed to Bolton’s brief tenure as national security adviser when he was asked to name a mistake made by former President Donald Trump.
“A guy like John Bolton, for example, should have never been National Security Advisor in the Trump administration,” Yahoo! News quoted Vance as saying.
Bolton’s 2019 firing was celebrated by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who told viewers that the move was “great news for America.”
“Especially for the large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job,” Carlson continued, adding, “They may not be celebrating tonight, but they should be.”