During an appearance on CNN, John Bolton surprisingly stood up for former President Donald Trump, while at the same time making a shocking admission — he had “helped plan” coups d’état previously.
In an interview on CNN’s “The Lead,” former Trump White House national security adviser John Bolton told host Jake Tapper that he did not believe Trump’s actions which prompted the formation of the House Select January 6 Committee rose to the level of a coup.
Tapper, who has been vehemently anti-Trump from the start, pushed back on Bolton’s comments, asserting that one did not have to be “brilliant” to attempt a coup, obviously attempting to insult Trump’s intelligence.
Appearing to agree on the point about the former president not being intelligent, Bolton responded by insisting that one did have to have his wits about him.
“It’s not an attack on our democracy. It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence,” said Bolton, who was fired by Trump from his national security adviser position in a very public manner.
“I don’t know that I agree with you, to be fair, with all due respect,” Tapper replied. “One doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”
Responding to the CNN host, Bolton made a bizarre and shocking admission — he had helped plan coups d’état, though he was vague about where these plans were designed for, simply saying “other places.”
“I disagree with that,” he said. “As somebody who has helped plan coups d’état – not here, but other places – it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he did. It was just stumbling around from one idea to another. Ultimately, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol. As to that, there is no doubt. But not overthrow the Constitution to buy more time to throw the matter back to the states to try to redo the issue.”
“If you don’t believe that, then you’re going to overreact, and I think that’s a real risk for the committee, which has done a lot of good work mostly when the witnesses are testifying, not when the members are opining,” Bolton added. “It is invariably the case when you go too far trying to prove your case. You undermine it.”