Former National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton Sunday shows preview: Biden’s transition, COVID-19 jump into the spotlight Note: Trump continues to push for cancellation of elections calls on the Republican leadership to condemn President Trumppost-election behavior as “unforgivable” in the name of CSOs.
During a speech on CNN in the State of the Union on Sunday, Bolton said that describing Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results as a “nonviolent coup attempt” gave Trump too much credit.
“I think he’s just playing for time in the hope that something will come up that will allow him to either have a good reason for losing or, in his mind, maybe win anyway,” he said. “But I think it just underscores the need for senior Republican leaders to join those who have started going out and saying Trump’s behavior is unforgivable.”
“The Republican Party will not be saved by hiding in a spider’s hole,” he added. “All of our leaders need to go out and say, ‘The election is over.’ We’re not talking about Trump’s abstract right to use his legal means. We’re done.”
The former Trump adviser also said that for Republican leaders who are “worried about Trump’s reaction, there is power in the numbers.”
“The more they go out and say, ‘He doesn’t represent us – he doesn’t follow a Republican game plan here,’ the safer they will be,” Bolton said.
Trump refused to give in to the president-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden’s Campaign Files for Georgia’s New Census GOP Senator Congratulates Biden, Says Trump Must Accept Results Judge Rejects Lawsuit in Trump’s Pennsylvania Camp in Tough Setting MORE, who was declared the winner of the election more than two weeks ago. Instead, the president’s campaign filed a series of lawsuits in several states on the battlefield, challenging the vote and false allegations of widespread voter fraud in moves that Bolton called “the exercise of harsh political power” on Sunday.
Bolton also said he believed Biden would be sworn in as president, but “the real question now is how much damage Trump can do before that happens.”
“The Republican Party will not be saved by hiding in a spider’s hole. All our leaders need to come out and say, ‘The election is over.’ We’re not talking about Trump’s abstract right to use his legal means. We’ve been through that,” John said. Bolton. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/ylcvXZyueo
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu) 22 November 2020