Former Attorney General William Barr claimed that former President Donald Trump should not be the Republicans’ 2024 presidential candidate, claiming he’s “obviously bent on revenge more than anything else.”
“I think the future is bright for the Republican Party. I view 2024 as setting up another 1980, when [former President] Reagan won two terms and then [former President George H.W.] Bush won a third term,” Barr told CBS News’ Catherine Herridge on Friday.
“And that’s what I think you really need to make America great again, you know, decisive victory and the reaction to the excesses of the progressive Democrats.”
“And I think we could do that again and really achieve a decisive victory with the right candidate, but I don’t think Trump is that candidate,” Barr continued. “The day he’s elected, he’ll be a 78-year-old lame duck who is obviously bent on revenge more than anything else.”
Trump blasted Barr in March for dismissing voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election, claiming the Democrats “broke” him.
“Former Attorney General Bill Barr wouldn’t know voter fraud if it was staring him in the face – and it was,” Trump said in a statement. “The fact is, he was weak, ineffective, and totally scared of being impeached, which the Democrats were constantly threatening to do. They ‘broke’ him.”
Trump has not officially announced a presidential run, but Democrats and RINO Republicans are speaking out against him in hopes of derailing his prospects.
For example, the deeply unpopular former Vice President Dick Cheney released a campaign ad this week for his daughter Liz Cheney, claiming “there has never been an individual that was a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump.”
Trump “tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him,” Cheney said. “He’s a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and he lost big. I know it, he knows it, and, deep down, I think most Republicans know it.”
Dick Cheney SPOILS his depends in embarrassing anti-TRUMP attack ad— Liz Cheney thought this was a good idea?! pic.twitter.com/WrZI4QyiWs
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 5, 2022
However, polls show Trump would soundly beat Biden in a 2024 head-to-head matchup despite the negative media coverage surrounding January 6.
Trump is still extremely popular among the Republican base, evidenced by the massive turnout at his latest rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Friday.
Waukesha rally pic.twitter.com/QhE1y09YQo
— Uncle Moe (@UncleMoe30) August 6, 2022
Additionally, numerous Trump-backed candidates who in Arizona and Michigan who criticized the rigged 2020 election and ran on an election integrity platform won key primary races on Tuesday night, further highlighting Trump’s enduring influence in the GOP.