John Bolton, Former National Security Adviser announced on Monday that he might run for the presidency in 2024 in order to derail Donald Trump’s reelection bid.
Setting the groundwork for Trump’s first Republican primary challenger, Bolton slammed his former boss for proposing over the weekend on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that sections of the United States Constitution should be removed in order to overturn Trump’s 2020 election setback.
If no other possible Republican presidential candidates make “Shermanesque comments” in response to Trump’s remarks, Bolton warned, “I’m going to seriously consider running.”
Bolton, noted for his strong foreign policy views, served in the Reagan admin. as well as the United States ambassador to the UN under George W. Bush’s presidency. He later served as Trump’s national security adviser between April 2018 to Sept. 2019, until Trump decided to fire him because of disagreements over foreign policy.
During the summer prior to the 2020 election, Bolton stated to ABC News that he wouldn’t vote for Trump because he was unfit for office, and that he would “find a conservative Republican to write in.” Trump has also bashed Bolton, calling him “one of the dumbest guys in Washington” after he slammed Trump for allegedly considering declaring martial law to reverse the 2020 electoral results.
Trump, who officially launched his 2024 campaign last month, is experiencing widespread criticism for a post he made on Truth Social on Saturday in response to the release of “The Twitter Files,” in which he stated, “A Massive Fraud of this magnitude and nature permits for the termination of all rules, regulations, and publications, even those contained in the Constitution.” He then denied making the statement, but has not deleted the original message as of press time.
According to The Hill, Senate Minority Leader John Thune (R-SD) told media on Monday that he disagrees with Trump’s stance and that the remarks create a “great opportunity” for possible rivals.
Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), one of the Republicans considering a run in 2024, has expressed opposition to Trump’s suggestion. “The 2020 election should not be difficult to call,” he stated on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“I don’t think you can just say, ‘I support the Constitution,’ and be a presidential candidate. You have to say, ‘I would oppose individuals out there that would undermine it,'” Bolton explained to NBC.