Uber-hawk John Bolton says Trump’s ‘act is old and tired now,’ calls for ‘next generation’ of Republicans

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On the heels of Former President Donald Trump’s official Nov. 2022 announcement that he is running for President of the United States for the third time, former national security advisor and Trump ally John Bolton called on the Republican Party to look for a “fresh face” to take the helm.

Bolton, known to some as the “darling of the Trump-hating world,” asserted that Trump’s candidacy would be overshadowed by his act being “old and tired now.”

“[DeSantis has] had a very successful run as governor of Florida”, Bolton told the Guardian in an interview published on Saturday. “He won re-election on 8 November with a big majority. A lot of people look to him as the next generation candidate. That’s one of Trump’s biggest problems – his act is old and tired now.”

Despite Bolton’s assessment, Trump still provokes enthusiasm from his conservative base and vowed to “fight like never before” for four more years in the White House in a Nov. 15 speech from his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Bolton offered up the results of the midterm elections as alleged proof that Trump is falling out of favor with Republicans.

“There are a lot of reasons to be against Trump being the nominee but the one I’m hearing now as I call around the country, talking to my supporters and others about what happened on 8 November, is the number of people who have just switched Trump off in their brain,” Bolton said.

“Even if they loved his style, loved his approach, loved his policies, loved everything about him, they don’t want to lose and the fear is, given the results on Nov. 8, that if he got the nomination, not only would he lose the general election, but he would take an awful lot of Republican candidates down with him,” the 74-year-old former US ambassador to the United Nations said.

Bolton argued that a Trump endorsement might be a losing proposition for a candidate that receives a nod from the former Commander in Chief.

“There’s no doubt Trump’s endorsement in the primary can be very valuable to a candidate in the Republican party. But relying on that endorsement or trumpeting yourself as the Trump-endorsed candidate is poisonous in the general election,” he said. “So if you actually want to win elections, Trump is not the answer.”

Conservative author “William F Buckley once had a rule that in Republican primaries he supported the most conservative candidate capable of winning the general election and, under that theory, Trump loses.”

Bolton’s own polling suggests that the majority share his opinion of wanting a new face of the GOP but he has yet to get behind any 2024 candidate with funds from his Pac and Super Pac.

“One question we asked was: do you want Trump or do you want a fresh face? I think in our last poll over 50% said they wanted a fresh face. That’s only going to continue. I personally don’t think Biden is going to end up running on the Democratic side and that’ll have an impact as well,” he said. “I would certainly be available and happy to talk to any of the candidates that wanted to talk about foreign policy and happy to help me make them all be better prepared to be the nominee.”

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service

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