In recent days it was reported Donald Trump has been entertaining a martial law plot put forward by his pardoned former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. The idea would basically amount to a military coup to overturn the results of the 2020 election and keep the duly elected President-elect from being sworn in on January 20.
However, another former national security advisor to the President—John Bolton—felt that even talking about this was 'appalling'.
He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer:
"There's no other way to describe it. It's unbelievable [and] almost certainly without precedent, but it's important to understand this is just another day at the office, at the Oval."
"He's unfit for the job. I don't think he's ever read the Constitution."
"If he has, he clearly didn't understand it, and if he did understand it one point, he's forgotten it."
The full video of the Bolton interview can be seen below.
John Bolton did a CNN interview earlier today where he called the Oval Office discussion of martial law "appalling"… https://t.co/31nVhWpzar— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1608441324.0
President Trump—having caught wind of Bolton's statement—responded on Twitter.
What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington, know? Wasn’t he the person who so stupidly said, on tel… https://t.co/mSfVwHJHcn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1608440649.0
People pointed out Trump hired Bolton, the man he now calls the dumbest in Washington.
@realDonaldTrump He can't be the dumbest person in Washington until you leave.— JRehling (@JRehling)1608444019.0
@realDonaldTrump That story makes me wonder what kind of idiot hired him for that job.— JRehling (@JRehling)1608444242.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump hired one of the dumbest people in Washington.— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole)1608444677.0
@realDonaldTrump You wait till you hear about ALL the trump "stupid stories"... There's a yuuuge amount.— Aussies Against tRump (@Aussies Against tRump)1608465548.0
Many were confused as to what the President's dig was referring to.
I follow the news for a living and I have no clue what this is in reference to https://t.co/tM5weoC1LR— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1608440758.0
Some tried to parse out the reference.
@atrupar Gadaffi. I think Bolton did say that the solution to North Korea should be to eliminate Kim Yong Un.— drplainoldme (@drplainoldme)1608471935.0
@SaedChristl @atrupar No, he was referencing how Libya turned over all components of it's WMD program and allowed i… https://t.co/C4rrDovwR6— Tyrconnell (@Tyrconnell)1608507554.0
@atrupar The Libyan solution was the successful effort to convince Qaddafi to get rid of his nuclear weapons.— Charlie Brown 🏳️🌈 (@Charlie Brown 🏳️🌈)1608441011.0
Others tried to figure out the President's logic.
@atrupar @margaritateresa Bro he’s replying to a RT of a thread by a bot based in Russia referencing a parlor accou… https://t.co/xKotaKh9zp— 🇺🇸MM🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸MM🇺🇸)1608441267.0
@atrupar Maybe while he slept he had a dream about Bolton and woke up mad like my little nephew when he dreamt his… https://t.co/2ym2ZMgC4u— MizFlagPin (@MizFlagPin)1608480284.0
@atrupar Certain "facts" get lodged in his head out of the gate -his high regard for his own decision making proce… https://t.co/iuplujeNRs— Rj Hoff (@Rj Hoff)1608505873.0
@atrupar I would imagine he's referring to Bolton's book...which someone must be reading and relaying to 45...since he doesn't read.— kentuckywoman2 (@kentuckywoman2)1608458755.0
And most just wanted the Trump era to be over.
@atrupar I applaud all of you still following this psychopath. I cannot handle the whining and delusional nonsense. Counting the days— Josh W (@Josh W)1608440893.0
@atrupar I can’t believe that 73,000,000 people wanted this guy to be president again. What is wrong with those 73,000,000 people?— WickedRelieved🇺🇸✝️☘️😷🌎☮️ (@WickedRelieved🇺🇸✝️☘️😷🌎☮️)1608469090.0
@atrupar I cannot fathom why news organizations are still giving him any air time or visibility at all. We ended up… https://t.co/JemqrrTYyL— Diane Weiss (@Diane Weiss)1608441549.0
@atrupar @RadioFreeTom This crazy old man needs to go to bed https://t.co/2t5OdKJcJk— Warren Timlen (@Warren Timlen)1608441063.0
Less then a month until President-elect Biden is sworn in.