Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is trashing Donald Trump and championing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 presidential election.
Trump has already announced his candidacy, while DeSantis has not said anything about his potential run.
Here’s what Bolton said during an interview for The Guardian:
“DeSantis has had a very successful run as governor of Florida. He won re-election on Nov. 8 with a big majority. A lot of people look to him as the next-generation candidate.”
“That’s one of Trump’s biggest problems – his act is old and tired now,” he added.
He also said that after the midterms people “just switched Trump off in their brain.”
“There’s no doubt Trump’s endorsement in the primary can be very valuable to a candidate in the Republican party. But relying on that endorsement or trumpeting yourself as the Trump-endorsed candidate is poisonous in the general election. So if you actually want to win elections, Trump is not the answer,” Bolton said.
“One question we asked was: do you want Trump or do you want a fresh face? I think in our last poll over 50% said they wanted a fresh face. That’s only going to continue. I personally don’t think Biden is going to end up running on the Democratic side and that’ll have an impact as well,” he continued.
“Even if they loved his style, loved his approach, loved his policies, loved everything about him, they don’t want to lose and the fear is, given the results on Nov. 8, that if he got the nomination, not only would he lose the general election, but he would take an awful lot of Republican candidates down with him,” Bolton said.
John Bolton was fired by President Trump in his first term. President Trump blamed Bolton for bad advice and said in January 2020, “If I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now.”