President Trump slammed his former national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday after midnight after lambasting a suggestion by General Michael Flynn that martial law be imposed in swing states in order to re-run the presidential election.
“What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington know?” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.
“Wasn’t he the one who said so stupidly on television, ‘Libyan solution’, describing what the United States was going to do for North Korea?
“I have plenty of other ‘stupid stories’ from Bolton.”
The “Libyan solution” refers to a proposition that North Korea follows the “Libyan model” of abandoning its nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
President Trump (left) slammed his former national security adviser John Bolton (right) after midnight Sunday hours after he lambasted a suggestion by General Michael Flynn that martial law be imposed on swing states in order to remake the presidential election.
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“What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington know?” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. “Wasn’t he the one who said so stupidly on television, ‘Libyan solution’, describing what the United States was going to do for North Korea? I have plenty of other Bolton “stupid stories”.
But this suggestion has been angrily rejected by North Korea since Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was finally overthrown by US and NATO-backed rebels, even after decommissioning his nuclear arsenal.
Bolton was Trump’s national security adviser at the time the president continued his diplomacy with North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s tweet attacking Bolton was a reaction to a CNN interview given by the former aide earlier Saturday night in which he criticized the idea of imposing martial law as “appalling.”
According to the New York Times and Axios, Trump met retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn in the Oval Office on Friday, whom the president pardoned.
During the meeting, the two discussed Flynn’s idea of using the military to impose martial law and re-run the presidential election in key states Trump lost.
Earlier on Saturday night, Trump appeared to deny the story, tweeting: “Martial law = Fake News. Even more bad reports knowingly!
Trump tweeted early Sunday that reports he discussed the establishment of martial law in Swing States are ‘fake news’ and ‘bad reporting’
Days earlier, Flynn appeared on the Newsmax network and urged Trump to “take military capabilities, and he could put them in these. [swing states]and, fundamentally, redo an election in each of these states ”.
“These people talk about martial law like it’s something we’ve never done,” Flynn said.
“Martial law has been instituted 64 times,” said Flynn.
“So I’m not asking that, we have a constitutional process… that has to be followed. “
Asked about Flynn’s comments and the fact that Trump discussed them in the Oval Office, Bolton told CNN: “At least a few national security advisers have read the Constitution. “
“It could take military capabilities, and it could place them in states and basically run an election in each of those states,” said former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who said Trump could declare martial law.
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“Look, this is terrible,” he continued.
“There is no other way to describe it. It’s incredible, almost certainly unprecedented.
Bolton added that it was not unusual for the Trump presidency to discuss ideas that went against long-standing norms.
‘I think it’s important to understand [that] it’s just another day at the Oval office, ”Bolton said. “It’s just another day at the office.
Bolton said Trump has shown “the same behavior repeated over and over again.”
“Take the idea of putting military capabilities in swing states and running the elections again,” Bolton said.
“There is a difference between incompetence and malice.
“In Trump’s case, it’s incompetence. He is unfit for work.
Bolton added: “I don’t think he ever read the Constitution. If he did, he clearly doesn’t understand it. And if he understood it at some point, he forgot about it.
Bolton called on Republicans in Congress to push back on Trump’s suggestion.
The President claimed that November 3, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes, was fraudulent and marred by widespread cheating.
But Trump and his allies have been unable to prove these claims in court, as judges at the national and federal levels dismissed their arguments as unfounded.
Trump has appointed lawyer Sidney Powell, who was kicked from his campaign’s legal team after pushing unfounded conspiracy theories, as special advocate to investigate allegations of electoral fraud as he seizes straws to stay in power.
At that same White House meeting on Friday, Trump went so far as to discuss obtaining the Powell security clearance, according to two people familiar with the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversation.
Trump has reportedly discussed the appointment of Sidney Powerll (above) as special advocate to investigate the alleged voter fraud, as he refuses to accept that he lost the November 3 election.
Trump has cultivated conspiracy theories and wacky schemes to try to stay in power, encouraged by allies like Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer.
The fact that Trump would have been willing to accept the idea of imposing martial law in order to overturn the results of an election he lost has raised alarm bells.
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville responded with a statement affirming the military’s long-standing position against involvement in decisions on Friday. American policies.
“The US military has no role to play in determining the outcome of a US election,” they said.
Civilian control of the military is a key principle of the Constitution and a distinguishing feature of democracies from military dictatorships.
In addition to losing the popular vote of more than 7 million votes, Trump decisively lost the Electoral College to Biden, 306 electoral votes to 232.
Trump’s campaign and his allies have now filed around 50 lawsuits for widespread electoral fraud and almost all of them have been dismissed or dropped.
Trump lost in front of judges from both political parties, including some he named, and some of the strongest rebuke came from conservative Republicans.
The Supreme Court has also declined to hear two cases – decisions Trump looked down upon.
In the absence of any other tenable legal recourse, Trump angered and peppered his allies for options as he refused to accept his loss.