Believe it or not, at one point in the not so distant past, our politicians were actually running their election campaigns by outlining policy points and speaking about their agenda. Today, of course, we see a whole lot of identity politics and anti-candidates than anything else, forcing us to wonder whether or not we’re getting back what we’re putting in to this system.
And, along these same push-instead-of-pull lines, there are so-called “spoiler candidates”, who arrive on the scene often at incredibly convenient times, and who make just enough of a splash to tilt the race away from the favorite. Sometimes this can be a third-party candidate who will end up cannibalizing a particular party’s performance, but sometimes the trouble is occurring within one particular party.
This week, it appears as though one self-styled spoiler candidate is getting serious about their potential run, and they don’t appear to have any time for subtlety, either.
Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday on NBC’s steaming show “Meet the Press Now” that he is prepared to run for president as a Republican to stop his former boss from winning the presidency.
Bolton said, “Donald Trump, if he were to take the oath of office again, God forbid, would either be lying about preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution or maybe he wouldn’t say it at all. You can’t have this kind of approach. It’s not something one can disagree with. This is foundational to the republic.”Trending:
He continued, “There’s one thing that would get me to get into the presidential race, which I looked at in prior elections. It would be to make it clear to the people of this country that Donald Trump is unacceptable as the Republican nominee.”
When asked to double-down on the insinuation, Bolton obliged.
Bolton said, “Absolutely. I think to be a presidential candidate. You can’t simply say I support the Constitution. You have to say I would oppose people who would undercut it. We used to have a thing in the House of Representatives called the House Un-American Affairs Committee. I think when you challenge the Constitution itself the way Trump himself has done, that is un-American.”
John Bolton has long held a reputation as a bit of a war-hawk in Washington DC, and this reputation would make him a hard sell as a “serious” candidate, further reiterating his hopes to act as a nuisance and nothing else.