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March 1, 2022

Barr Torches Trump

For 2024, he says there is “an impressive array of younger candidates” who share Trump’s agenda but not his negatives.

In his soon-to-be-released book One Damn Thing After Another, Donald Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr seeks to set the record straight on his experience with and view of the former president. He also gives his advice to Republicans moving forward in 2024.

Barr firmly believes that Trump essentially beat himself in 2020, contending that if he had “just exercised a modicum of self-restraint, moderating even a little of his pettiness,” he would have won the election. Furthermore, Barr encourages Republicans to support someone other than Trump in 2024. There is “an impressive array of younger candidates” who share Trump’s agenda, Barr says, but not his “erratic personal behavior.”

Speaking of Trump’s erratic personal behavior, Barr relays his personal experience of this in the Oval Office when, in December 2020, he told Trump that he found no evidence in support of widespread voter fraud claims the president was making. Barr says Trump responded: “This is killing me — killing me. This is pulling the rug right out from under me.” Barr adds, “He stopped for a moment and then said, ‘You must hate Trump. You would only do this if you hate Trump.’”

Barr writes that he immediately objected to Trump’s rationale, noting that he had “sacrificed a lot personally to come in to help you when I thought you were being wronged.” But Barr could not find enough evidence to support the president’s belief that the election was “stolen.” Trump countered by claiming that Barr did a number of things to undermine him, not the least of which was his decision not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey.

When Barr finally offered to resign, he claims that Trump yelled “Accepted!” slamming his hand on the table and shouting: “Leave and don’t go back to your office. You are done right now. Go home!” But the White House team of lawyers convinced Trump to not follow through and it was not until several weeks later that Barr would finally turn in his resignation.

In a nutshell, Barr’s argument boils down to Trump simply not having the right temperament for the office. He writes, “He has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed.”

Seeming to prove Barr’s point, Trump spoke at CPAC over this past weekend and once again brought up his “stolen election” gripe — clearly an issue with which he has failed to come to grips. He observed, “As everyone understands, this horrific disaster [in Ukraine] would never have happened if our election was not rigged and if I was the president.” He’s absolutely right that he would have been better than Biden regarding Ukraine, but he seems to be aiming to outdo Hillary Clinton in the pathetic personal airing of grievances.

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