Bill Barr: Trump Will Lose in 2024 Because 'He Is Too Divisive'
'He’s not my idea of a president,' former attorney general says
Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr said he believes Donald Trump would not win the 2024 presidential election because "he is too divisive."
Barr blasted Trump during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday, saying he knew Trump was going to lose in 2020 due to his temper.
“He’s not my idea of a president,” Barr said.
“I felt he was going to lose the election because he was not controlling himself,” he said.
“He was allowing this pettiness to come through, and I feel it’s one of his great failings,” he added.
Barr said he believes Republicans could win the presidency in 2024, but it could only be accomplished without Trump.
“I think the Republicans can win a decisive majority, but I don’t think we can do it with Trump," he said.
"He’s just too divisive a candidate.”
As The Daily Mail reported:
Barr’s comments come after he published his memoir, ‘One Damn Thing After Another,’ earlier this week, in which he described Trump’s behavior as ‘erratic and manic.’
The former AG noted that while many saw Trump as a strong candidate, his behavior has become something to put up with rather than celebrate.
"I think a lot of people agree with his policies. They like his strength and his directness,’ Barr said, "But to the extent they support them, it’s despite these - this kind of obnoxious behavior, it’s not because of it."
Although Barr has said he would support Republicans who challenge Trump, he said he would ultimately back his former boss if he wins the GOP nomination.
He also stood by claims that mail voting was vulnerable to fraud in the 2020 presidential elections while also continuing to condemn the claims Trump made about the election being stolen by rampant voter fraud.
Barr went on to discuss an episode at the White House during a protest in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020.
He claims the president shouted at his staff, yelling "You’re all losers," as he was fed up with the protests and violence going on in the U.S.
In response to the interview, Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told CNN that "it’s not surprising Barr would try to work against the will of the people, that’s what he did in 2020."
Friday’s interview is the latest row between the two after Barr said he holds Trump "morally responsible" for the January 6 riot but would not prosecute him if he were still the attorney general.
In a wide-ranging interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, which aired in full on Sunday night, Barr dished on his last days in office and the debunked claim that the presidential election was fraudulent.
"I do think he was responsible in the broad sense of that word, in that it appears that part of the plan was to send this group up to the Hill," Barr told Holt in an interview promoting the former AG’s new memoir.
"I think the whole idea was to intimidate Congress.
"And I think that that was wrong.”
But Barr would not prosecute Trump if he were still the top law enforcement official in the U.S.
“I haven’t seen anything to say he was legally responsible for it in terms of incitement,” he told NBC News.
The National Archives and Records Administration recently discovered that Trump had taken home 15 boxes of classified records, but Barr shrugged it off when asked if the former AG would prosecute him for that.
“To tell you the truth, I probably wouldn’t,” Barr said.
“The whole classification system is done under executive order.
"It’s the president. The president decides everything.”
Barr also claimed that President Trump showed “detachment from reality” after losing the 2020 presidential election.
“It was certainly unsettling when I went in to talk to the president about the election, and he was livid and shaking and showed a lot of temper and yelling,” Barr said.
“That was a little unsettling.”