Oh, man. Imagine if Trump’s troglodytic horde had actually succeeded in hanging Pence. No doubt he would have come back like Casper the Friendly Ghost and chided Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for undermining party unity. It would be like he’d never left—unless you happened to notice he was now nearly 8% more translucent.
But that’s nothing compared to former Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr—who, you’ll note from the above clip, claims that Trump has “neither the temperament nor persuasive powers” to effectively serve as president. And who flat-out contradicted Trump’s election lies, at one point suggesting his ex-boss was “detached from reality.”
Surely someone who believes such things would entirely rule out ever voting for this monster. Right?
Uh, no …
Here’s Barr in a recent PBS interview with reporter Margaret Hoover, saying “whatevs” to the possibility of this clear and present danger occupying the Oval Office again:
BARR: “I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president. I don’t know, I’m speculating, but given what’s gone on, I think they probably have the evidence that would check the box. They have the case.”
HOOVER: “And if they have it, should they?”
BARR: “That’s a decision for, uh …”
HOOVER: “If you were AG, would you?”
BARR: “I’m not going to get into that.”
HOOVER: “Do you think they will?”
BARR: “I think it’s becoming increasingly more likely.”
HOOVER: “And you think it would be appropriate if they did.”
BARR: “Well, this is what the attorney general gets paid, these kinds of decisions. The argument for doing it is if you let someone like this who, you know, if the facts are as raw as they may be and you let someone get away with it, how can you protect these secrets, how can you insist on people in government taking this stuff seriously? So that’s an important thing to weigh as well as what it will do to the country and to the office of the presidency, and I think Merrick Garland is going to have to make that call.”
HOOVER: “If Donald Trump were the nominee for the Republican Party again, would you support him?”
BARR: “Well, I’m just hoping it never comes to that, because I think it would be a tragedy if he’s our nominee, if he’s the Republican nominee.”
HOOVER: “Could you vote against him? Could you vote not for the Republican if Donald Trump were the Republican nominee?”
BARR: “Well, again, I think it gets down to what I said, which is I would have to make a judgment at that point on the impact on the country and I’ll have to see what’s going on in the world, who the Democratic nominee is. If it’s a progressive Democratic nominee, I can’t imagine voting for them.”
HOOVER: “An ideologically progressive versus somebody who orchestrated an attack on the Capitol, who betrayed his oath to the Constitution, as you said in your words. You still might vote for him.”
BARR: “Mmm-hmm. Depending on all the … it’s hard for me to project what the future holds. The question is always a comparative one. You have to make a choice between two people. I don’t believe in throwing my vote away on a third party.”
HOOVER: “You don’t rule out supporting President Trump again.”
BARR: “No, I don’t. Depends on the circumstances.”
And … scene.
So the guy who tried to destroy American democracy is less dangerous than someone who would like billionaires and corporations to pay marginally more in taxes? Okay, then!
Do Republicans hear themselves? Also, are they serious? Because what could possibly be more appalling than this?
Well, if Trump somehow does become their nominee in 2024, we may just find out.
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