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Republican masterminds ‘extinguished Trump’ in aftermath of midterms, says John Bolton

A “number of people… just turned Trump off in their brains,” Bolton told the Guardian in an interview published on Saturday. They want a “new face”, he added.

“Even though they liked his style, liked his approach, liked his policies, liked everything about him, they don’t want to lose, and the fear is, given the results [Nov. 8]that if he won the nomination, not only would he lose the general election, but he would drag a whole lot of Republican candidates with him,” Bolton warned.

Bolton is among a growing number of Trump administration ‘oldies’ – including former attorney general William Barr and former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – who fear Trump has become an “electoral responsibility,” the newspaper noted.

Trump fired Bolton less than a year after becoming national security adviser in 2018 amid clashes over various issues. Bolton blasted Trump as unfit for office in a searing 2020 brief.

Bolton told the Guardian he was conducting his own poll, revealing that Trump’s base in the GOP had steadily declined over the past two years.

He admitted that Trump’s endorsement of extremist candidates in the midterm primaries had had an impact – but it did not translate into general election victories.

“There’s no doubt that Trump’s endorsement in the primary can be very valuable to a Republican candidate,” Bolton said. “But relying on that endorsement, or bragging about being Trump’s endorsed candidate, is toxic in the general election. So if you really want to win an election, Trump is not the answer.

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