Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton seemed to admit he had experience planning military coups in the past.

During an interview with CNN about January 6, Bolton said that he has previously worked on “helped plan coups d’état” in the past.

He stated that none of Donald Trump’s actions revealed during the Jan 6 commission hearings were “defensible.” 

“None of it is defensible,” Bolton said. “It’s also a mistake, as some people have said including on the committee, the commentators, that somehow this was a carefully planned coup d’état aimed at the Constitution. That’s not the way Donald Trump does things.” 


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“It’s not an attack on our democracy. It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump,” he continued. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.”

The interviewer cut in, stating to Bolton that it doesn’t take a genius to plan a coup.

In response, Bolton explained without much thought that he had planned coups before in other countries.

“I disagree with that. As somebody who has helped plan coups d’état – not here, but other places – it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he did,” Bolton said. “It was just stumbling around from one idea to another.”

It is unclear which countries Bolton was referring to during his statements. Though, in the past, the U.S. was frequently accused of meddling in Latin American and African countries for resources and influence during the Cold War.

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