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Trump Goes After Bill Barr, Mocking The Former AG for Endorsing Him

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The ongoing saga between former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr just got a little bit weirder. The two have been going at one another for more than two years and while Barr recently endorsed Trump in this year’s election, the former President responded in a way only he knows how. 

Who Is Bill Barr? 

For those of you who don’t know, Bill Barr is only the second individual to ever serve two non-consecutive terms as U.S. Attorney General. He did so under George H.W. Bush between 1991 and 1993, and under Donald Trump between 2019 and 2020. 

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Since resigning as Attorney General in 2020 (more on that later), Barr has engaged in several back-and-forth spats with his former boss. But as we saw most recently, Barr still thinks another four years of Trump is better than another four years of Biden.

Endorses Trump Despite Past Disagreements

Last week, Barr sat down for an interview with Fox News’ America’s Newsroom and was asked if he would consider voting for Trump in November’s election. While he called Trump a ‘bad choice,’ he still likes his former boss over Biden. 

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“Given two bad choices, I think it’s my duty to pick the person I think would do the least harm to the country. And in my mind, I will vote the Republican ticket,” he said. “Trump may be playing Russian roulette, but a continuation of the Biden administration is national suicide.”

Trump Rips Into Barr Despite Endorsement

In a Truth Social post on April 24, Donald Trump responded to the endorsement by describing Barr as someone who ‘let a lot of great people down by not investigating Voter Fraud in our Country’ – a description he has given his former AG before. 

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“Based on the fact that I greatly appreciate his wholehearted Endorsement, I am removing the word “Lethargic” from my statement,” Trump added, alluding to a statement he made several years ago in which he called Barr ‘Weak, Slow Moving, Lethargic, Gutless, and Lazy.’ 

Barr Resigned As Attorney General In 2020

William Barr became the 85th Attorney General in US history on February 14, 2019. Over the next two years, he defended Trump on numerous occasions as the former President faced one allegation after the next – but then he gave up. 

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Barr resigned from his position on December 23, 2020 – just as Trump was spreading false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Barr came out and said his department found no traces of election fraud. 

Starts Criticizing Former Boss

Over the past couple of years, Bill Barr has criticized Trump on numerous occasions – including calling him a ‘defiant 9-year-old kid’ in a 2023 interview with CBS’ Face the Nation. While he says Trump has good qualities and did good things, he doesn’t agree with his reckless behavior.

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Barr has also commented on Trump’s ongoing criminal and legal cases – let’s not forget that Trump is facing 91 felonies in four different states. On one occasion, Barr called Trump’s defenses ‘absurd’ and said he believed Trump had lied several times. 

Releases Book In 2022

On March 8, 2022, Bill Barr released a memoir titled One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General. In the book, Barr describes in detail some of the controversies and decisions he has been a part of as Attorney General of the US. 

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He also takes several shots at Donald Trump in the book. For example, he says his second term was him being surrounded by ‘sycophants’ and ‘whack jobs from outside the government, who fed him a steady diet of comforting but unsupported conspiracy theories.’ 

Trump Sends Shots Right Back

As Trump does with all of his political (and personal) opponents, he has shown absolutely no remorse with some of the shots he sends William Barr’s way. I mean, let’s be honest – Trump once called Barr a ‘gutless pig’ and he would do it again if he wanted to.

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He also called Barr a RINO – an acronym that stands for ‘Republican in Name Only,’ implying that Barr isn’t someone Republicans can trust. It’s the same man he was calling ‘one of the most respected jurists in the country’ several years prior when he named him Attorney General.

The Childish Feud Continues To This Day

The two-year feud between Barr and Trump continues to this day, but it’s taking a weird turn now that Barr is forced to either vote against his party or vote for the man he can’t stand. 

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On one hand, Barr has endorsed Trump and Trump has accepted that endorsement. On the other hand, Barr is still calling Trump a bad choice for President and Trump is still calling him ‘Weak, Slow Moving, Gutless, and Lazy’ – but not ‘lethargic.’

Trump Has A History Of Harassing Opponents

What Trump is doing with Barr is nothing new to his usual campaign strategy. Just because he beats someone, doesn’t mean he’s going to stop bashing him. And just because someone endorses him, doesn’t mean their not enemies still. 

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He has used this logic before – more recently with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and House Majority Whip Tom Emmer. Both men have been vocal about their opposition to Trump, but Trump never seems to flinch. 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu Was A Victim

In December, several months after Sununu revealed that he wouldn’t seek the Republican nomination this year, the 49-year-old governor publicly endorsed fellow Gov. Nikki Haley over Donald Trump – and that didn’t sit well with Trump. 

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His endorsement didn’t help much as Trump went on to earn the nomination for a third straight year. Several days after the nomination was made official, Trump took to social media to ask ‘How’s Sununu doing?’ – nearly three months after Sununu endorsed Haley. 

Trump Took Aim At House Majority Whip Tom Emmer

Trump’s ability to ‘ keep receipts’ against his opponents was apparent with Emmer, as well. The Majority Whip was in line to be the Republican’s nominee for House Speaker last year, but Trump came in and ruined his chances. 

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Trump called him a ‘globalist RINO’ who is ‘totally out-of-touch with Republican Voters.’ Emmer dropped out of the race shortly after, but even then – Trump didn’t stop. Despite Emmer saying he was Trump’s ‘biggest fan,’ Trump said that he ‘killed him’ and his chances. 

In Nine Months, Trump Might Be President Again

Donald Trump is one of the nation’s greatest gaslighters – and that’s not a compliment. Time and again, he has used his harsh rhetoric to not only silence his opposition, but straight-up attack them and their character. 

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But this is who he is – it’s who he has been and it’s who he will continue to be. Whether or not that’s a desirable trait for the nation’s potential Commander in Chief is up for debate, but he has made it very clear the type of person – and President – he wants to be. 

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