Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton casually claimed Tuesday afternoon that he had helped plan coups in other countries.
“It takes a lot of work” to overthrow a foreign government and seize power, the lifelong foreign policy hawk explained.
Shortly after Tuesday, Jan. 6’s explosive hearing that detailed former President Donald Trump’s coordination with far-right groups in the run-up to the violent attack on the Capitol, Bolton appeared on CNN for an analysis of the committee’s latest revelations to deliver.
However, according to the ex-Trump official, it would be a mistake to describe the ex-president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election as “carefully planned.” Coup“Keep office.
“That’s not how Donald Trump does things,” Bolton told host Jake Tapper. “It wanders from one half-hearted idea to the next. One plan fails and another comes up. He did. As I said, none of this is justifiable. But you have to understand what Donald Trump’s problem is.”
Tapper contradicted the former ambassador to the United Nations, noting that “you don’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup,” prompting the architect of the Iraq war to humbly boast about his past coup-planning efforts.
“I don’t agree,” Bolton said. “As someone who helped with the planning Coup-not here, but in other places – it takes a lot of work. And he didn’t do that. It just stumbled from one idea to the next.”
The former Trump aide continued, “Ultimately, he unleashed the rioters in the Capitol, there’s no doubt about it. But don’t overthrow the Constitution to buy more time to throw the matter back to the states to try and settle the matter again. And if you don’t believe that, you will overreact.”
A few minutes later, Tapper returned to Bolton’s casual admission that he was involved in international coups. “When we were talking about what is capable of what you must do to plan a coup and you cited your expertise in planning coups,” the CNN host began.
“I won’t go into the details, though,” Bolton laughed before Tapper asked, “Successful coups?”
The uncompromising warhawk went on to note that he wrote about Venezuela in his latest book, adding that it “turned out to be unsuccessful.” During his tenure as Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton backed an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro in 2019, which involved a “ridiculous” failed coup that was quickly foiled.
“Not that we have too much to do with it, but I’ve seen what it takes for an opposition to try to overthrow an illegally elected president. And they failed. The notion that Donald Trump is half as competent as the Venezuelan opposition is ridiculous,” Bolton continued.
“I have a feeling there are other things you’re not telling me,” Tapper shot back.
“I’m sure of it,” chuckled Bolton before returning to Tuesday’s hearing.
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