Bill Barr says Trump ‘clearly’ unable to unite Republicans: ‘He has failed’

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Donald Trump continues to face renewed criticism and backlash from prominent Republicans, including individuals who served in his administration — with former Attorney General William Barr saying the former president is “clearly” unable to unite the GOP.

Trump faced growing backlash from top Republicans and conservative media outlets in the wake of the 2022 midterm elections, in which many of the most prominent and crucial GOP candidates he supported lost to their Democratic opponents. An analysis by The New York Times showed that Trump’s endorsement averaged a 5-point penalty in house races.

Barr ruled in an interview broadcast Friday by PBS News that Trump has “failed” and should “stand aside” for other GOP politicians to move the party forward.

“He failed. He didn’t do what the whole country was hoping – that he would jump at the opportunity and run for office, and he didn’t,” Trump’s former attorney general said.

“So he had his chance,” continued Barr, who headed Trump’s Justice Department from February 2019 to December 2020. “Obviously he doesn’t have the qualities needed to unite the party, which is the first step on the way back, and he should stay aside.”

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While widely regarded as one of Trump’s most loyal and effective cabinet members, Barr has easily debunked the former president’s lies about the 2020 election. The former attorney general has shown a willingness to criticize Trump since leaving office, but also speaks positively of the former president’s policies.

While Trump and many of his allies continue to baseless claims that President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory was fraudulent, Barr has repeatedly described such allegations as “bull****”. He has said in interviews and under oath that he passed this information directly to Trump before he stepped down in December 2020.

Barr also commented in his Friday interview on ongoing investigations into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents, as well as his connections to the January 6, 2021 violent attack on the US Capitol.

“Given what’s going on, I think they probably have the evidence that would check the box,” he said. “They have the case.” The former Trump administration official added that it is “increasingly likely” that his former boss will face charges.

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Earlier in August, Barr told TBEN News that the evidence against Trump was “building up.” He has also defended a controversial FBI raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort home as many conservatives have criticized the federal law enforcement action.

Trump has publicly attacked Barr several times. In September, he described his former attorney general as a “weak and pathetic RINO,” an acronym meaning “Republican in name only.” News week reached out to Trump press representatives for comment on Barr’s new PBS interview.

Other former Trump administration officials took clear swings at Trump at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) event in Las Vegas on Friday. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Republicans didn’t need a “celebrity.”

“The American people didn’t want to look back, they wanted to look forward. They care about what happens tomorrow, not what happened yesterday,” Pompeo said.

Former Trump Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at the event, reiterating the importance of honoring the Oath to the Constitution. Prior to the Jan. 6 riot, Trump and his allies urged Pence to unconstitutionally reject the election results of several key swing states at a joint session of Congress. Pence refused, with death threats from Trump’s supporters and harsh responses from his boss.

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“Our party may be the last line of defense for the United States Constitution,” Pence said in Las Vegas. “The American people need to know that our party will honor our oath to the Constitution, even when political opportunities suggest we do otherwise.”

Several polls of GOP voters following this year’s midterm elections suggest that Trump’s support may be waning. While some still show Trump leading the pack of potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates, multiple studies now show Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as the frontrunner.

Trump officially announced on Tuesday his plan to seek the presidency again in 2024. No other GOP contender has made such an announcement, but DeSantis, Pompeo, Pence and a number of other prominent Republicans are widely expected to consider the possibility of launching campaigns.

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