Bill Barr: I Was ‘Surprised’ Trump Didn’t Lose by More Votes in 2020
'I was actually surprised it was as close as it was'
Former Attorney General Bill Barr said he was “surprised” that President Donald Trump didn’t lose by more votes in the 2020 presidential election.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Barr said:
“I think he actually, at the time of the election, I thought he won the election.”
“If there was a plan to stay in office, it’s something that materialized after the election,” he added.
“I saw no sign of a plan before the election to stay in office regardless of the outcome," Barr said.
Host Chuck Todd said:
"He was sowing the seeds for four years.
"He accused Ted Cruz of cheating in the caucuses the first time he appeared on any sort of ballot here. Is this a pattern to practice?”
"It was the same thing in 2016 on both sides."
"I felt for a long time he was going to lose the election.
"I went in in April and told him I thought he was going to lose the election,” he added.
“His personal behavior, obnoxious behavior, was turning voters away, and I felt he was going to lose,” he said.
“I was actually surprised it was as close as it was.”
Last week, Barr said he believed Trump would not win the 2024 presidential election because “he is too divisive.”
As Neon Nettle reported:
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.”