John Bolton Comes to Trump’s Defense in Backhanded Way

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Friday dismissed the suggestion that former President Trump might have tried to stage a coup after losing the 2020 election, saying his former boss didn’t have enough “advance thinking” for it.

Bolton joined CNN’s Brianna Keilar for an interview regarding recent reports that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was fearful Trump would attempt a coup d’état toward the end of his time in office, Mediate reported.

“The idea of Trump staging a coup does give him too much credit,” Bolton said. “That requires advance thinking, planning, strategizing, building up support, and I just don’t think he’s capable of that.”

“What he was capable of was on a daily basis doing something more and more outrageous than he had done the day before, all to the same end of staying in power. But the notion that Trump could have orchestrated a coup does give him too much credit,” he added.

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