During an appearance on Sunday morning television, former White House national security adviser John Bolton tore into President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the reality that he lost the recent presidential election — and Trump seems to have been paying attention. As if he’s a private citizen with nothing better to do than sit around and complain on Twitter rather than the president of the United States, Trump posted a petulant tweet about Bolton as Sunday went on. Trump called Bolton “one of the dumbest people in government” that he’s ever worked with. In other words, Trump yet again proved that he’s a petulant egomaniac who is out of place in the White House.
How does Donald expect people across the country to take him seriously when he spends so much time whining on Twitter? How does anyone in the president’s inner circle expect many Americans to take Trump seriously when one of his defining traits is having feverish meltdowns on Twitter that sound like the results of plastering together as many petulant insults as possible?
Trump tweeted the following message:
‘John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the “pleasure” to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, “Gee, let’s go to war.” Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!’
Trump himself initially hired Bolton. The president frequently fails to mention this fact. Instead, he just complains about Bolton as if he suddenly appeared in the White House one day. He didn’t — Donald put him in the administration.
John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the “pleasure” to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, “Gee, let’s go to war.” Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
One of the key points of Bolton’s Sunday morning remarks that likely sent the president into this embarrassing downward spiral was the observation that Donald unequivocally lost the election. Trump’s election loss is not contestable — it’s not a matter of opinion. Not only is there no meaningful evidence supporting Trump’s claims of widespread fraud — there’s ample evidence of the opposite, that the election was secure. Local authorities around the country have openly shared their election security precautions, and these precautions have frequently held up in court, with a briskly growing list of court losses for the Trump team.
The Department of Homeland Security itself has characterized the recent election as the “most secure in American history.” Meanwhile, Bolton said as follows:
‘I think it’s very important for leaders in the Republican Party to explain to our voters, who are not as stupid as the Democrats think, that, in fact, Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless. The fact is that we’ve seen litigation in all the key battleground states, and it has failed consistently. Right now, the Trump campaign is doing the legal equivalent of pinching pennies.’
NEW: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton urges GOP leadership to "explain to our voters… that in fact Trump has lost the election and that these claims of election fraud are baseless." https://t.co/n7MOSxWdol pic.twitter.com/S4eELHLBPX
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 15, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump’s rant below: