Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday he could start a White House run in 2024 if other potential GOP presidential candidates don’t denounce Donald Trump’s comment on abandoning the Constitution.
“I’d like to see Sherman-like statements from all potential candidates,” Bolton said of the 76-year-old former president’s Saturday Truth Social post during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press Now.
“If I don’t see that, I’ll seriously consider getting in,” added Bolton.
The former Trump administration White House official said the former president’s testimony should be considered “disqualifying” for public office.
“I think as a presidential candidate you can’t just say, ‘I support the Constitution.’ You have to say, ‘I would resist people who would undercut it.’”
Bolton, who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005-2006 prior to his stint in the Trump White House, teased an announcement he made for 2024 that could come sooner than people think.
“It might be sooner than some would think,” Bolton said, without setting a specific timeline for his decision.
He added he would run on a platform “loyal to free market principles” and said he was “not a social conservative”.
Trump fired Bolton in September 2019 after the then-president reportedly clashed with the longtime diplomat over issues related to North Korea and Afghanistan.
“I strongly disagreed with many of his proposals,” Trump said in a tweet announcing his firing.
The former president has come under fire from many in the GOP after claiming in a Truth Social post on Saturday that the “massive fraud” during the 2020 election “needed the repeal of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found allow in the constitution”.
On Monday, Trump tried to clarify his statement in another social media post.
“The fake news is actually trying to convince the American people that I said I wanted to ‘repeal’ the Constitution. This is just more DISINFORMATION & LIES just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA and all their other HOAXES & SCAMS.
“What I was saying was that when there is ‘MASSIVE AND WIDESPREAD FRAUD AND DECEPTION’, as was irrefutably demonstrated in the 2020 presidential election, immediate steps must be taken to RIGHT THE WRONG. Only fools would disagree and accept STOLEN ELECTIONS. MAG!” wrote the former president.
High-profile Republicans including former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have denounced Trump’s claims.
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