- “I don’t think he should be our nominee — the Republican Party nominee,” Barr said on Newsmax.
- Barr and Trump have hit out at each other since Barr’s memoir was released in March.
Former Attorney General William Barr said this week that he thought the Republican Party would be making a “big mistake” if it picked Donald Trump as its 2024 presidential nominee.
Barr made the statement during a Thursday appearance on the Newsmax show “Spicer & Co.” He told host Sean Spicer, a fellow Trump administration alum, that he thought Trump should not be on the GOP’s 2024 ticket.
“I don’t think he should be our nominee — the Republican Party nominee,” Barr said. “And I think Republicans have a big opportunity — it would be a big mistake to put him forward.”
While Trump has not formally declared that he will be running for president in 2024, he has dropped major hints about doing so. For instance, in January, he called himself the “45th and 47th” president in a video filmed by a golfing buddy.
Senior Republican lawmakers like Lindsey Graham have also backed Trump’s potential candidacy in 2024. Graham said in February that Trump has a “great chance” of becoming president in 2024 and that the spot on the GOP ticket was “his nomination for the taking.”
Barr and Trump have had a tense relationship, particularly after a rocky stretch during the last months of the Trump administration.
In March, Barr released a book called “One Damn Thing After Another,” in which he refuted Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, writing: “The election was not ‘stolen.’ Trump lost it.”
During an interview with NBC in March, Barr said that Trump never had a “good idea” of what the roles of the president or the Justice Department were.
Responding to Barr’s claims, Trump released a letter calling him “slow” and “lethargic” and a “big disappointment.”
The letter kicked off a feud between the two, with Barr calling Trump “childish” and accusing the former president of throwing a “tantrum.”
In March, Barr also prodded Trump repeatedly, saying Trump was not his “idea of a president.” On a separate NBC appearance, Barr said working with Trump was like “wrestling an alligator” and that the former president loved being “surrounded by yes men.”