Trump will ‘burn down the GOP’ with his ‘penchant for chaos’: AG Bill Barr calls for new leadership

Trump will ‘burn down the GOP’ with his ‘penchant for chaos’: AG Bill Barr calls for new Republican leadership in scathing op-ed saying his old boss ‘lacks the qualities’ to win in 2024

  • Barr tore into Donald Trump as ‘least able to unite’ the GOP and ‘most likely to lose the general election’ in 2024 after Trump announced a third run 
  • Barr spent years acting as Trump’s attack dog from the DOJ, but his relationship with the former president soured over Trump’s election fraud claims
  • ‘Donald Trump is neither capable of forging this winning coalition or delivering the decisive and durable victory required,’ Barr wrote in an op-ed
  • The former attorney general is part of a growing coalitions of Republicans who are going public in their opposition to Trump’s 2024 announcement

Former Attorney General Bill Barr tore into Donald Trump as ‘least able to unite’ the GOP and ‘most likely to lose the general election’ in 2024 after the former president announced a third run for the presidency. 

‘It is painfully clear from his track record in both the 2020 election and the 2022 midterms that Donald Trump is neither capable of forging this winning coalition or delivering the decisive and durable victory required,’ Barr wrote in an op-ed for Bari Weiss’ Common Sense publication entitled, ‘Trump Will Burn Down the GOP. Time for New Leadership.’ 

Barr spent years acting as Trump’s attack dog from the Department of Justice, but his relationship with the former president soured when he came out and publicly said there was no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election.  

Barr resigned his post shortly before Christmas in 2020, just weeks before the end of Trump’s term. He described a number of heated confrontations with the former president in his memoir out this year, ‘One Damn Thing After Another.’ 

‘Among the current crop of potential nominees, Trump is the person least able to unite the party and the one most likely to lose the general election,’ Barr wrote. 

Bill Barr tore into Donald Trump as 'least able to unite' the GOP and 'most likely to lose the general election' in 2024 after the former president announced a third run for the presidency

Bill Barr tore into Donald Trump as ‘least able to unite’ the GOP and ‘most likely to lose the general election’ in 2024 after the former president announced a third run for the presidency

Barr spent years acting as Trump's attack dog from the Department of Justice, but his relationship with the former president soured when he came out and publicly said there was no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election

Barr spent years acting as Trump’s attack dog from the Department of Justice, but his relationship with the former president soured when he came out and publicly said there was no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election

‘Trump’s extraordinarily divisive actions since losing in 2020 are not those of someone capable of leading a party, much less a country,’ Barr wrote. ‘Right after his defeat, he treacherously sabotaged GOP efforts to hold the Georgia Senate seats. The GOP’s poor performance in the recent midterms was due largely to Trump’s mischief.’ 

Barr spouted off a list of Trump missteps, including attacking popular Republican governors Maryland, New Hampshire, and Arizona ‘to dissuade them for running for Senate seats they could have won.’ 

‘He supported weak candidates for key Senate and House seats based solely on their agreeing with his “stolen election” claims. And after foisting these candidates on the GOP, he failed to provide them adequate financial support, largely sitting on a massive war-chest of cash raised from small dollar donors.’

Barr said that Trump’s policy objectives were ‘usually sound,’ but he ‘brought his wrecking-ball style to the task of governing the nation.’

‘He did not temper his disruptiveness and penchant for chaos,’ Barr said, adding that the former president’s handlers steered him away from bad ideas.

‘When he became fixated on bad ideas or wanted to take things too far, it took his senior staff and cabinet secretaries an ungodly amount of maneuvering to keep him on track.’ 

The former attorney general is part of a growing coalitions of Republicans who are going public in their opposition to Trump’s 2024 announcement. 

Mick Mulvaney, a former loyal Trump aide who served as his chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020, was asked last week by CNN’s Anderson Cooper whether he thought Trump’s announcement was good for the party.

‘No, I don’t,’ Mulvaney said. ‘Because I think he’s the only Republican who could lose.

‘If he wins in 2024, now he’s the candidate, he is the likely Republican nominee. Can he be beaten head-to-head by Ron DeSantis or Tim Scott? Sure.

‘But it’s not going to be a head-to-head race. There will be five or six other people in the race and he’ll get the 35 percent that really support him and under the winner-take-all primary system, he’ll be the nominee.’

Mike Pence was one of the biggest names to criticize Trump’s decision, with the former vice president saying yesterday: ‘I think we’ll have better choices.’

Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas, agreed, saying: ‘Trump is correct on Biden’s failures, but his self-indulging message promoting anger has not changed. It didn’t work in 2022 and won’t work in 2024. There are better choices.’

Chris Christie, a former Trump advisor and Governor of New Jersey, said voters had clearly ‘rejected crazy’ at the ballot box multiple times after MAGA candidates suffered shock defeats in the midterms.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu added: ‘He’s doing it from a place of defensiveness, of his own self-opportunity and weakness. So he’s announcing he’s going to run for president at a low point in his political career. I don’t know how that’s going to work out, man.’

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