Former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump calls Barr a ‘Bushie’ who went to the other side Barr: ‘I did not view’ Jan. 6 as an insurrection Barr suggests he would still vote for Trump MORE on Friday said he did not think the Republican Party could win the White House in 2024 with former President Trump, adding that his ex-boss is “not my idea of a president.”
Barr was asked during an interview with CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEquilibrium / Sustainability – Amazon rainforest turning into savanna: study Former top defense official says Russia ‘extremely irresponsible’ in seizing nuclear plants European Commission president calls for ‘strong and clear investigation’ into possible Russian war crimes MORE if he would get involved in a primary challenge against former President TrumpDonald TrumpFears grow over Russian chemical threat to Ukraine Overnight Defense & National Security – Senators grill Biden officials on Ukraine Jussie Smollett gets 150 days in jail after faking hate crime against himself MORE and support another candidate if Trump ran, to which he replied, “Yes.”
“Yes, I think the coming presidential election would be a good opportunity for the Republican Party because from my standpoint, the progressive left has – is sort of showing a sort of a totalitarian temperament,” Barr replied.
“I think the Republicans can win a decisive majority, but I do not think we can do it with Trump. He’s just too divisive a candidate, “he added.
Barr was also asked about commentary he shared in his new book, “One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General,” in which he criticized the former president’s various actions during his presidency.
“He’s not my idea of a president, and … I felt he was going to lose the election because he was not controlling himself. He was allowing this pettiness to come through, and I feel it’s one of his great failings, ”Barr told Tapper, speaking of the former president.
“I think a lot of people agree with his policies. They like his strength and his directness. But to the extent they support them, it’s despite these – this kind of obnoxious behavior, it’s not because of it, “he said.
Barr noted that he thought Trump “went off the rails” after losing the 2020 presidential election, and claimed that he did not listen to his advisers.
Despite Barr’s remarks, a new poll released on Friday shows a hypothetical 2024 match-up between Trump and President BidenJoe BidenBiden expected to call for nixing normal trade relations with Russia Senate averts shutdown, passes .6B in Ukraine aid GOP senators urge Biden to expedite transfer of airpower, air defense systems to Ukraine MORE as a tie. In a Wall Street Journal poll released on Friday, both men would get 45 percent of support from Americans in a hypothetical 2024 match-up.
Trump told Fox News in an interview in November that he would “probably” wait until after midterms to announce a decision on whether he would run for the presidency in 2024.
The Hill has reached out to a Trump spokesperson for comment.