Former Attorney General William P. Barr’s new book on Donald Trump is a searing, direct indictment of the man that the former head of the Justice Department says Trump’s “constant bellicosity diminishes him and the office” and urges the Republican to find someone — anyone — else to support for President in 2024.
“Trump cared only about one thing: himself,” Barr writes in his book, One Damn Thing After Another. “Country and principle,” he adds, “took second place.”
Barr adds more:
We need leaders not only capable of fighting and ‘punching,’ but also persuading and attracting — leaders who can frame, and advocate for, an uplifting vision of what it means to share in American citizenship. Donald Trump has shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed.
Barr points to Trump’s “self-indulgence and lack of self-control” as the real reasons he lost his re-election in 2020 and points to “the absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill.”
The former attorney general who let Trump run rampant over the law and Constitution now says it is “dismaying” to even another term of President by Trump.
Trump considered Barr a close ally until the Attorney General refused to join him in promoting what is now called “The Big Lie” riddled with claims that the legal election was bogus. Trump began calling Barr a “swamp creature” and a RINO (Republican in Name Only).
Barr, Trump claimed in his final days in the White House Barr “was afraid, weak and frankly, now that I see what he is saying, pathetic.”
As Barr saw Trump as a showman whose “shtick” was projecting “the menacing mannerisms of a strongman ruler” but was, instead, little more than a scared child who needed constant support of an adoring public For a short time, Barr writes, Trump was handled by strong advisors who managed to get the president to accomplish some conservative goals, including stacking the Supreme Court with hardcore right-wing judges,
But Trump “lost his grip.” Barr writes:
He stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and unreasonable, and was off the rails. 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.
Barr said he wasn’t surprised when Trump turned on him:
People are worthwhile to Trump only as means to his ends — as utensils, When they don’t help him get what he wants, they are useless. In my case, Trump’s disenchantment started — as it was bound to — when he saw I was not willing to bend the law to do his bidding.
Barr also indicated others, like the media, for what he called “corruption and active support for progressive ideology.” He defended his memo, claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t find any proof of obstruction of justice. Legal experts, Republican and Democrat, cited clear examples that they said Barr ignored.
Yet he has strong words about Trump’s “idiotic beyond belief” attempt to withhold aid to Ukraine unless they announced an investigation of Joe Biden Jr.
Trump’s actions, Barr said, were “another mess — this one self-inflicted and the result of abject stupidity.” But he also claimed that while what Trump did was “unseemly and injudicious,” he didn’t feel it was a criminal offense.
As for the invasion of the Capitol and riot on Jan. 6, Barr says he condemned Trump’s actions for “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress.” It was, he added, “a betrayal of his office and his supporters.”
Trump still claims he won the election. Barr called those claims “absolute nonsense” and “meaningless twaddle.”
Barr adds: “The election was not ‘stolen.’ Trump lost it.”