On Tuesday, John Bolton, former national security advisor for the Trump Administration, casually mentioned to CNN’s Jake Tapper that he knew a thing or two about coup d’état since he had planned them, “not here but elsewhere.”
Bolton also noted people were too quick to label the Jan. 6 riot a coup that Trump and his supporters attempted. He continued his argument by indicating the former president was “incapable of pulling off a carefully planned coup d’état.”
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton, casually admitting that he's helped plan coups d'etat … pic.twitter.com/GsMdsrZp6H
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) July 13, 2022
On Wednesday, while appearing on Newsmax, the former national security advisor blasted his critics as “snowflakes” for not understanding what it took to “protect the United States.” He refused to comment on specifics but emphasized that a president of the U.S. that wasn’t willing to do whatever it takes to protect the interests of the U.S. “needed counseling.”
Jake Tapper follows up on John Bolton's past coup planning.
Bolton: "I’m not going to get into the specifics, but–"
Tapper: "Successful coups?"
Bolton brings up the failed Venezuelan coup, prompting Tapper to add: "I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me." pic.twitter.com/bJAa07h8Ow
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 12, 2022
Bolton warned that the Jan. 6 Committee was in danger of over-proving their point, consequently undermining their case.
He also served as the 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006. He served as the 26th United States National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019.