John Bolton says stolen election claims “baseless;" Trump calls him “a real dope”

by Peter Heck · Nov 16th, 2020 10:40 am

Last Updated Nov 17th, 2020 at 10:28 am

President Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared on ABC News Sunday morning, suggesting that the Trump campaign's claims that the election had been stolen are "baseless" and provide "a character test for the Republican Party."

"I think it's very important for leaders of the Republican Party to explain to our voters, who are not as stupid as the Democrats think," Bolton said, "that in fact Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless."

Bolton said that the balance of Trump's litigation in key electoral swing states has "failed consistently," and accused the president's legal team of "pitching pennies."

"Where are their silver dollars? Where is the evidence?" Bolton asked. "I think as every day goes by, it's clearer and clearer there isn't any evidence. But if the Republican voters are only hearing Donald Trump's misrepresentations, it's not surprising that they believe it."

Bolton predicted that Trump would eventually leave office, but only after promoting "dark conspiracy theories," and making everything "as difficult as he can" for the new administration.

Trump responded to Bolton's interview hours later, tweeting that his former national security adviser was "a real dope."


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