The ex-official said he would throw his hat into the race if Republicans fail to “reject” former President Donald Trump.
Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said he may soon launch a 2024 presidential campaign, saying he is considering the decision after ex-President Donald Trump suggested the Constitution could be “terminated” over alleged fraud in the last election .
Speaking to NBC for an interview on Monday, Bolton said he did “Absolute” willing to participate in the 2024 presidential contest, noting that he would like to “stop some of the things Trump has done with the [Republican] side” while urging other potential GOP candidates to denounce the former commander in chief.
“I think as a presidential candidate you can’t simply say, ‘I support the Constitution,’ you have to say, ‘I would be against people who undermine it.'” Bolton continued, adding that he would “seriously considering getting in” if the Republicans do not put up a strong resistance to Trump.
To challenge the Constitution itself is un-American. If the current GOP presidential candidates don’t reject Trump, I’m willing to enter the race. pic.twitter.com/mKnU2tDhyc
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 5, 2022
Bolton later shared part of his NBC appearance on Twitter, adding the caption: “If you challenge the constitution itself, that is un-American. If the current GOP presidential candidates do not reject Trump, I am willing to enter the race.”
The former official referred to a social media post from Trump over the weekend in which he reiterated and stated his claims of widespread misconduct in the 2020 presidential election “a massive fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those in the Constitution.”
While it’s unclear what Trump was asking for, Bolton has repeatedly denounced the comments “un-American”, even drawing a comparison to the controversial House Un-American Activities Committee, which targeted American citizens for ties (real or imagined) to communism during the Cold War.
Asked when he would announce a presidential run, Bolton said “It may be sooner than some think,” but declined to give an exact timeline. So far, Trump is the only major Republican contender to officially announce a campaign, though a number of GOP lawmakers and current and former officials have publicly considered running.
Bolton served in various positions in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. before becoming Trump’s national security adviser in 2018 and 2019. He was eventually fired by Trump in a high-profile public spat after advocating regime change in Iran and apparently undermining peace talks with North Korea, then-president claims “we would be in the Sixth World War now” if he had followed Bolton’s consistently aggressive advice.
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