CNN’s Jake Tapper missed the mark on Tuesday trying to peg former President Donald Trump of fomenting an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 after neocon bureaucrat John Bolton admitted planning coups on behalf of the U.S. government around the globe.
Tapper tried teeing up Bolton to throw Trump under the bus regarding the Jan. 6 protests, stating, “One doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”
Bolton instead made an alarming confession: “I disagree with that. As someone who has helped plan coup d’état — not here but, you know, other places — it takes a lot of work.”
Stunning statement from former National Security Advisor John Bolton on CNN just now:
"As someone who has helped plan coup d'état — not here but, you know, other places — it takes a lot of work." pic.twitter.com/3rsSX355ND
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Tapper, surprised by Bolton’s candor, tried pressing further about these clandestine US-backed coup attempts abroad.
“I want to ask a follow up, um…when we were talking about what is capable– what you need to do to plan a coup, and you said your expertise having planned coups…” Tapper said.
Bolton: “I’m not going to get into the specifics.”
Tapper: “Successful coups?”
Bolton then said he “wrote about Venezuela” in his book.
Bolton: "I’m not going to get into the specifics…"
Tapper: "Successful coups?"
Bolton: "I wrote about Venezuela in the book…"
Tapper: "I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me."
Bolton: "I'm sure there is!" pic.twitter.com/iMNUzopmuq
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Tapper: “I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me,” to which Bolton replied, “I’m sure there is!”
Venezuela, which used to be the wealthiest nation in South America, is now a failed state.
Bolton has been deeply embedded in the U.S. establishment for decades, helping shape its foreign policy in the State Department, the White House, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The mustachioed insider previously worked as President Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Attorney General, served as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1989 to 1993, the Director of the Project for the New American Century, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush, Assistant Administrator for program and policy coordination at the USAID, and later as the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.
Bolton rejected the notion that Trump’s action on January 6. involved a “carefully planned coup d’état aimed at the Constitution.”
“You have to understand the nature of what the problem of Donald Trump is. He’s — to use a Star Wars metaphor — a disturbance in the Force,” Bolton said, adding that the former president’s effort to overturn the election was “not an attack on our democracy” but “Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump.”
Bolton made similar remarks on CNN in 2021, claiming that Trump wasn’t “capable” of staging a coup because it requires “advance thinking, planning, strategizing, building up support.”
Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 Committee hearings are going about as well as can be expected for the Democrats — which is to say, not well at all.
BREAKING: Jan 6 accidentally posts text messages to Mike Lindell proving the 'march to the capitol' was just because there was another speaker stage set at the Supreme Court
So much for your narrative, Liz! pic.twitter.com/LnvUvxmpG3
— Jack Posobic 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 12, 2022