Bill Barr Predicts The Next President And Describes Being Called A ‘F***ing Loser’ By Trump

Bill Barr Predicts The Next President And Describes Being Called A ‘F***ing Loser’ By Trump

Bill Barr, who battled for – and with – his boss, former President Trump, while serving a tumultuous two-year stint as U.S. attorney general, divulged in a Thursday interview who he hopes emerges from a potentially crowded 2024 field of GOP presidential candidates.

The shoot-from-the hip Washington veteran made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with Bari Weiss on her podcast “Honestly.” Barr, who came out of retirement to serve the Trump administration in the same office he held under President George H.W. Bush nearly 30 years earlier, said he will support whichever candidate can keep his old boss from getting nominated.

“I don’t know Ron DeSantis that well, but I’ve been impressed with his record down in Florida,” Barr said, adding that if he were to place a bet on who will be the next president, he’d put his chips on the Sunshine State governor.

Barr mentioned several potential presidential candidates, which include Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Neither Trump nor any of the other potential candidates have formally announced plans to run.

This interview of Bill Barr by @bariweiss is really remarkable, and I’m surprised it’s not gotten more attention. Some highlights: https://t.co/gZ9DqfPyK9

Mr. Barr is saddened that no Democrats/media have apologized for “Russiagate:” pic.twitter.com/kFnzXGSzrZ

— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) August 26, 2022

“I like a lot of them,” Barr said. “And my view is, I’m going to support whoever has the best chance of pushing Trump aside.”

Barr revealed what he called the most awkward moment of his time in the Trump administration, which came when in the summer of 2020 when cabinet members were discussing what could be done to quell rioting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

“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***ing losers at the top of his lungs,” Barr said.

Barr clashed with Trump while running the Department of Justice, ultimately resigning in December of 2020 after famously telling Trump claims the election he lost to President Joe Biden was rigged were “bulls***.” But while in office, Barr also told lawmakers that Trump had indeed been spied on by the FBI and he also made federal prosecutor John Durham, who is investigating the origin of the Russia collusion hoax, a special counsel. That move afforded Durham’s investigation protection from being scuttled by the Biden administration.

Barr said the Russiagate hoax was a “big lie” that hamstrung Trump’s administration even as journalists accepted Pulitzer Prizes for reporting a phony story fed to them by Democratic operatives and partisan government sources.

“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. It was unjust. It was wrong. And we
made a mistake.’ Very few, if any, have come out to say that,” he said.

Barr said he supported most of Trump’s policy agenda, and that he should not have been impeached over the January 6 riots. Much – though not all – of the vitriol directed against Trump is irrational, according to Barr.

“The Left has lost their mind over Trump — Trump derangement syndrome is a real thing — but Trump is his own worst enemy and has provoked a lot of the venom,” Barr said.

Barr said he warned Trump in early 2020 that he could lose the election if he didn’t “adjust” his behavior. But Trump “continued to be self-indulgent and petty, and turned off key constituents that made the difference in the election,” Barr said.

In the next presidential election, Trump is not the right conservative to bring the deeply polarized country back together, Barr said.

“The problem with Trump is that it’s always about running just a base election, whip up your base, get your base all upset, get them outraged and turn them out at the polls,” Barr said. “Both sides do that. It’s a prescription for continued hostility within the country, demoralization within the country, and an impasse with the country.”

Still, Barr said that if Trump were to secure the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and run against a progressive Democrat, he’ll cast his ballot for Trump. Barr said progressivism is the greatest threat currently facing America.

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