Former Attorney General William Barr Says Trump Doesn’t Have ‘Temperament’ To Be President
Former U.S. Attorney General and ex-President Donald Trump ally William Barr now believes Trump “has shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed” according to excerpts of his new book.
One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General gives insight into the breakdown of his relationship with Trump over the 2020 election.
“He stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and unreasonable, and was off the rails,” Barr wrote. “He surrounded himself with sycophants, including many whack jobs from outside the government, who fed him a steady diet of comforting but unsupported conspiracy theories.”
Trump became angry with Barr after the Department of Justice’s investigation failed to turn up any evidence to support a “stolen” election.
“The election was not ‘stolen,'” Barr’s new book reads. “Trump lost it.”
Barr resigned in December 2020 after Trump blamed Barr of “pulling the rug out from under me.” In his book, Barr said he made efforts to explain why there was no basis for claims of election fraud and offered to resign to which Trump responded, “Accepted!”
Barr also claimed that Trump’s continued rhetoric of a “stolen” and “rigged” election led to the attack on the Capitol last January as former Vice President Mike Pence was preparing to confirm President Joe Biden‘s win. The former attorney general refused to go so far as to say Trump incited the violence.
“Incitement has a legal definition, and Trump’s statements would not fit that definition in any American court,” Barr writes.
After Barr’s resignation, Trump became publically critical of his former attorney general. Last June he said Barr was “a disappointment in every sense of the word” and a “RINO,” which stands for “Republican in name only.”
Barr noted that he hopes there will be a Republican challenger to Trump in 2024.
Barr’s book is currently available for preorder and will become available to read on March 8.