Former national security adviser John Bolton said Monday that he could launch a 2024 run for the White House if other prospective GOP presidential candidates don’t reject Donald Trump’s comments about abrogating the Constitution.
“I would love to see some Shermanesque statements from all potential candidates,” the 76-year-old former president tweeted on Saturday Truth. said Bolton In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press Now.”
“If I don’t see it, I will seriously consider going in,” Bolton added.
A former White House official in the Trump administration said the former president’s statement should be considered a “disqualification” for public office.
“I don’t think you can run for president just by saying, ‘I support the Constitution.’ You have to say, ‘I’d be against people who break it.’
Bolton, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 before serving in the Trump White House, teased that the 2024 announcement could come sooner than people think.
“It may be sooner than some people think,” Bolton said, without giving a specific timeline for his decision.
He added that he was running on a platform “committed 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 on issues related to North Korea and Afghanistan.
“I strongly disagree with many of his proposals,” Trump said in a tweet announcing his firing.
The former president has drawn criticism from many in the GOP Truth is a social post on Saturday, he claimed that the “massive fraud” during the 2020 elections “allows for the annulment of all rules, regulations and articles, even those contained in the Constitution.”
On Monday, Trump tried to clarify his statement in another social media post.
“Fake news is actually trying to convince the American people that I’m going to ‘repeal the Constitution.’ It’s just more FALSE INFORMATION AND LIES just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA and their other HALBUS AND SCAMS.
“All I said was that when there was “GRASS AND WIDESPREAD FRAUD AND DECEPTION” as irrefutably proven in the 2020 Presidential Election, GET IT RIGHT IMMEDIATELY measures should be taken. Only FOOLS would disagree and accept a stolen election. TO ME!” wrote the former president.
Prominent Republicans such as former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. John Thune (R-D.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) condemned Trump’s claims.