Bolton Argues Enough People Aren’t Taking Trump’s Revenge Comments Seriously

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( – In a recent MSNBC interview, former National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed his concerns about former President Donald Trump’s ongoing threats of retaliation. Bolton, who served under Trump, suggested that these threats are not being adequately recognized by the public. He interpreted Trump’s comments about retribution as a personal endorsement of such actions, emphasizing that Trump likely has a list of targets he plans to pursue.

Trump, who faces multiple criminal indictments, has suggested he may have interest in revenge against his political adversaries if he returns to power. During campaign rallies, he has positioned himself as the agent of “retribution” for his supporters. Bolton predicted that Trump’s potential re-election could place immense pressure on the federal judiciary and plunge the Justice Department into turmoil, with Trump urging his appointees to target specific individuals irrespective of legal grounds.

This situation is further complicated by Trump’s recent felony conviction on 34 counts related to falsifying business records, making him the first former U.S. president to be convicted of a felony. Trump has denounced these legal challenges as politically motivated, an accusation he reiterated in a discussion on the “Dr. Phil” show, where he defended the notion of revenge in certain situations.

Following his conviction, Trump indicated in an interview with Sean Hannity that he would have “every right” to seek retribution against those he views as his persecutors. He also hinted in a conversation with Newsmax that future legal actions against Democrats were “very possible.” These statements have raised significant concerns about the implications for political norms and the rule of law in the United States.

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