President Trump slammed his former National Security Adviser John Bolton after midnight Sunday, hours after he criticized General Michael Flynn’s proposal to impose martial law in swing states in order to re-run the presidential election.
“What will Bolton, one of the stupidest people in Washington know?” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.
Wasn’t he the one who said so stupidly, on television, “the Libyan solution,” when describing what the United States would do to North Korea?
I have a lot of other ‘stupid Bolton stories’.
The “Libyan solution” is a reference to a proposal that North Korea follow the “Libyan model” by giving up its nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
President Trump (left) slammed his former National Security Adviser John Bolton (right) just after midnight Sunday hours after he criticized General Michael Flynn’s proposal to impose martial law in swing states in order to rerun the presidential election.
“What will Bolton, one of the stupidest people in Washington know?” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. Wasn’t he the one who said so stupidly, on television, “the Libyan solution,” when describing what the United States would do to North Korea? I have a lot of other Bolton “stupid stories”.
North Korea, however, angrily rejected the proposal since US and NATO-backed rebels ousted Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi even after he withdrew his nuclear arsenal from service.
Bolton was Trump’s national security advisor at the time the president pursued diplomacy with North Korea and its governor, Kim Jong Un.
Trump’s tweet attacking Bolton was a reaction to A. CNN In an interview conducted by the former aide earlier on Saturday evening, he criticized the idea of imposing martial law, describing it as “appalling.”
During the meeting, the two men discussed Flynn’s idea of using the military to impose martial law and re-run presidential elections in key swing states that Trump had lost.
Earlier on Saturday evening, Trump appeared to have denied the news, tweeting: “ Martial law = fake news. Just more informed bad reporting!
Trump tweeted early Sunday that the reports discussed by imposing martial law in swing states are ‘fake news’ and ‘bad reports.’
Days earlier, Flynn appeared on Newsmax and urged Trump to “ take military capabilities, and he can put them in those capabilities. [swing states]And re-run elections in each of those states.
“These people are talking about martial law as if it’s something we’ve never done before,” said Flynn.
“Martial law has been put in place 64 times,” Flynn said.
“So, I am not asking for that, we have a constitutional process … that must be followed.”
When asked about Flynn’s comments and the fact that Trump discussed them in the Oval Office, Bolton told CNN: “At least a few national security advisers have read the constitution.”
“ He can take military capabilities, and he can put them in states and basically re-run elections in each of those states, ” said Mike Flynn, a former national security adviser, who said Trump might declare martial law.
The Chief of Staff of the Army, General James McConnville, issued a statement saying that the military “has no role” in determining the US elections
And he continued, “Look, that’s horrible.”
There is no other way to describe it. It’s unbelievable, and almost certainly never seen before.
Bolton added that it was not unusual for the Trump presidency to discuss ideas that ran counter to old norms.
I think it is important to understand [that] “This is just another day in the office at Oval,” Bolton said. “This is just another day at the office.”
Bolton said Trump has shown “the same behavior over and over.”
“Let’s take the idea of putting military capabilities into swing states and holding elections again,” Bolton said.
There is a difference between incompetence and malice.
In Trump’s case, this is incompetence. It is unfit for the job.
Bolton added, “I don’t think he has read the Constitution before. If he had, he clearly doesn’t understand it. And if he understood it at some point, he would have forgotten it.”
Bolton called on Republicans in Congress to backtrack on Trump’s proposal.
The President claimed that the November 3, which President-elect Joe Biden won with over 7 million votes, was fraudulent and tainted by widespread fraud.
But Trump and his allies were unable to prove the allegations in court as state and federal judges dismissed their arguments as lacking merit.
Trump has proposed naming attorney Sidney Powell, who was fired from his campaign legal team after pushing for baseless conspiracy theories, as a special advisor investigating allegations of voter fraud as he grabs the straw to stay in power.
During the same Friday meeting at the White House, Trump went so far as to discuss getting a security clearance from Powell, according to two people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.
Trump is said to have discussed naming Sidney Powerl (above) as special counsel to investigate alleged voter fraud because he refuses to accept that he lost the November 3 election.
Trump entertained conspiracy theories and bizarre plots to try to stay in office, encouraged by allies like Flynn and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney.
The fact that Trump was willing to impose martial law in order to reverse the election results he lost is worrying.
On Friday, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army General James McConville responded with a statement confirming the army’s position on its refusal to interfere in US political decisions.
And they said, “There is no role for the US military in determining the outcome of the US elections.”
Civilian control over the military is a fundamental doctrine in the constitution, and a defining characteristic of democracies compared to military dictatorships.
In addition to losing the popular vote by more than 7 million votes, Trump lost the Electoral College decisively to Biden, 306 to 232.
The Trump campaign and his allies have now filed nearly 50 lawsuits alleging widespread voting fraud and nearly all of them have been dismissed or dropped.
Trump lost to the judges of both political parties, including some who appointed him, and some of the strongest rebukes have come from conservative Republicans.
The Supreme Court also refused to hear two cases – contempt decisions for Trump.
With no other defensible legal haven, Trump has been infuriating allies and urging them to make choices as he refuses to accept his loss.