Former Attorney General William Barr warned the GOP that former President Donald Trump would “burn the whole White House down” should he not get support or what he wants.
Barr’s comments were made in a New York Post op-ed published on Monday, where he indicated that should the party not go along with Trump, the former President would lead “his people” out of the Republican Party.
Barr described Trump’s “willingness to destroy the party” as not based on principle but rather on the former President’s “supreme narcissism.”
The former Attorney General blamed Trump’s “egoism” as the reason Trump couldn’t see the GOP as “anything but an extension of himself.”
Barr’s warning against Trump comes in the wake of the predicted red wave for the Republican Party failing to materialize.
The GOP was expected to win the House by a wide margin and possibly win back the Senate. However, following a string of losses by Trump-backed candidates in the midterms, the GOP took a battering. Now, the party has only achieved a marginal majority in the House, and Democrats have kept their Senate majority, with the possibility of increasing that majority should they win the Georgia runoff.
The failure to achieve a red wave has been blamed on Trump’s presence in the midterms, and something Barr points to in his piece.
However, Barr’s comments also deviated from GOP rhetoric about Trump when he suggested that he was “skeptical” Trump had declassified documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago home.
He also noted that there was “no justification” for the former President to take documents from the White House and store it in his home.