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Doubling down on his promise to vote for Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee in 2024 despite writing in his new book that Trump is dangerously unsuitable for the job, William Barr said: “Elections are binary options and unfortunately sometimes it’s choosing. the lesser of two evils.
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Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump’s second attorney general added: “I think the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is dangerous to America.”
Barr also repeated that he would support another Republican if Trump re-entered the primary.
In office, Barr was seen as too close to his hard-line right-wing president, particularly over Mueller’s reporting on Russian election interference and links between Trump and Moscow.
Differences over Trump’s lies about voter fraud prompted Barr to resign, but not before he used the Justice Department to investigate such claims, a highly controversial move.
In his new memoir, One Damned Thing After Another, Barr defends his record in office and some of Trump’s on traditional conservative issues like crime and immigration.
He told NBC, “I give him a lot of credit for identifying the key issues and having the courage to go ahead and accomplish a lot of good things… his combativeness worked for him in 2016 and part of it while he was in office, breaking down the stifling of the media hostility.
“But I tried to be balanced. I pointed out what I thought were his faults and the fact that he went off the rails at the end.”
Barr left office before, on January 6, 2021, supporters told by Trump to “fight like hell” in support of his lies stormed the US Capitol. A bipartisan Senate report he said seven deaths were related to the riots.
On NBC, Barr was asked if he “really thinks[s] the left in this country is somehow more dangerous than some problems around the world”?
“Did not say. “I just said that in terms of the leadership of the country, I think this would be a dangerous choice for the United States.”
He also said, “I think there are a lot of Americans right now who would rather have [Trump] back in office than what we see under Biden.”
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Trump is in legal jeopardy for his attempted electoral subversion as well as his business affairs, but at a rally in South Carolina on Saturday night he once again hinted that he might run for the White House.
Barr said he told Trump before his loss to Biden that “his personal behavior, his hateful behavior” was turning voters away.
“For a long time I felt like I was going to lose the election,” Barr said. “I walked in in April and told him I thought he was going to lose the election. On election night, I felt like I was going to lose. And I was actually surprised that it was so close.”
Biden beat Trump by more than 7 million votes in the popular vote and by 306 to 232 in the electoral college, a margin Trump called overwhelming when he favored him over Hillary Clinton in 2016.