Former Attorney General William Barr was asked on Monday if he would vote for former President Donald Trump should he win the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
Barr, who is on tour promoting his new book, “One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General,” excerpts of which are extremely critical of his former boss, indicated to the TODAY show’s Savannah Guthrie he would cast a ballot for Trump if it came to that.
“Because I believe that the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party, it’s inconceivable to me that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee,” Barr said.
“It’s hard to project what the facts are going to turn out to be three years hence, but as of now, it’s hard for me to conceive that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee,” he added.
That said, Barr isn’t offering his immediate support.
“Well, I certainly have made it clear. I don’t think he should be our nominee and I’m going to support somebody else for the nominee,” he added.
NBC News noted further:
In a response to NBC News’ questions about the memoir, Trump sent a three-page letter that called Bar “slow and lethargic, so lazy and cowardly,” and said Barr “didn’t want to stand up to the radical left Democrats because he thought the repercussions to him personally in the form of impeachment would be too severe. In other words, Bill Barr was the coward.”
Barr said the letter was “par for the course.”
“The president is a man who when he is told something he doesn’t want to hear, he immediately throws a tantrum and attacks a person personally,” Barr said. “I thought the letter was childish.”
Barr’s new memoir appears to go all-in to assail Trump over his alleged “erratic personal behavior.”
“The 600-page book is due out March 8, and according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Barr uses it to attack Trump’s credibility, leadership, and temperament — framing his own service in the Trump Administration as a ‘personal sacrifice,’” The Daily Wire reports.
Barr is also clear on where he stands regarding Trump’s oft-repeated claims that the 2020 election was “stolen.”
“The election was not ‘stolen.’ Trump lost it,” Barr reportedly wrote.
Critics attacked Barr for waiting to write a book instead of trying to do something to shift Trump’s behavior or negate its impact if he only had come forward sooner.
“That Barr feels himself free to write a book describing Trump’s excesses, framing his own service to Trump as a ‘personal sacrifice,’ & purporting to ‘advise’ the Republican Party, is a damning reflection of our profession’s failure to hold its standards,” Sherrilyn Ifill tweeted.
“How on character that Barr waited until he could make money off of it with a book to say Trump was totally unsuited for the presidency, instead of doing something about it when he had the power to,” Joyce White Vance added.