Former Attorney General William Barr, who came out of retirement to serve in then-President Donald Trump’s Justice Department, isn’t a big fan of his former boss.
What’s more, he doesn’t really want to see Trump back in the White House and said he’ll support someone else just to keep Trump out.
On Friday, Barr did drop one name who he would likely cast a ballot for should he run: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“I don’t know Ron DeSantis that well, but I’ve been impressed with his record down in Florida,” Barr told Bari Weiss during her “Honestly” podcast.
He went on to say if he were a betting man, he believed DeSantis would be the next president, The Daily Wire reported, adding:
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.
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“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 when on to discuss what he described as his most awkward moment in the administration. He said it came during a Cabinet discussion in the summer of 2020 about how to quell riots stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that were taking place all over the country.
“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.
The Daily Wire noted further:
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 told Weiss.
The former AG also said that he was supportive of most of the 45th president’s legislative and policy agenda and added that he should never have been impeached for the Jan. 6 riot. He also said much of the angst and vitriol directed against Trump is not rational.
“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 added.
He also said he warned the former president in early 2020 he could lose that November if he refused to “adjust” his behavior. However, Trump “continued to be self-indulgent and petty, and turned off key constituents that made the difference in the election,” Barr explained.
He added that a conservative could bring the country together, but it can’t be Trump.
“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.”
That said, should his former boss capture the 2024 GOP nomination, he’ll vote for him again because left-wing progressivism is a much greater threat to the nation’s long-term viability.