John Bolton Says He Won’t Vote For Trump Or Biden, But That It’s ‘Critical’ GOP Retains Senate Control

( John Bolton said he will not be voting for President Donald Trump this November. He also won’t be voting for Joe Biden.

Bolton, the former National Security Adviser who recently wrote a book about his time in the Trump administration, is not only worried about what will happen no matter which candidate takes office, he’s worried what will happen if Republicans can’t retain control of Congress. Bolton called that last point “absolutely critical” in the upcoming election.

During an interview Tuesday night with “Special Report,” Bolton said.

“This is a terrible election from my perspective. I watched Trump for 17 months up close and in person, and I cannot in good conscience vote for him again. I’m not saying I’m happy about this. I’m not happy about it, and it’s why I think it’s the most important thing I will do politically between now and November … is work to keep Republican control of the Senate. I think that’s absolutely critical. I think it’s critical whether Trump wins or whether Biden wins.”

On foreign relations, Bolton was noncommittal on which candidate he thought would be better, saying:

“I don’t think there’s any way of telling. I’ve known Joe Biden for a long, long time and have been on the opposite side of every issue. And we’ve also crossed swords on foreign and national security policy for a long time. And I’m not going to vote for him.”

Later in the interview, Bolton lamented how Trump handled the coronavirus outbreaking. He continued:

“The difference between Biden and Trump is that Biden has a view and Trump has no view. On any given day, any decision is possible. And I find that frightening. I think the response to the coronavirus demonstrates exactly the kind of fear that I have.”

In the early stages of the outbreak, Bolton said Trump “did not want to hear anything bad about China and his friend Xi Jinping.

“He didn’t want to hear that the disease could threaten the United States, number one. And number two, he didn’t want to hear that the U.S. economy might be imperiled by this disease, because that was the way he expected to get re-elected.

“So, the response was herky-jerky, incoherent, sporadic, and not as effective as it could have been. That’s what’s wrong with Donald Trump’s decision making, and to see it in this kind of crisis only gives a preview of what could happen in an even more severe crisis.”

Bolton’s sharp criticisms of Trump are nothing new, of course. His new book, “The Room Where It Happened,” details a lot of what he says he experienced while a part of Trump’s team — and a lot of what he has to say isn’t pretty.

There has been a lot of talk recently about how many long-time conservatives like Bolton will take his stated approach to the November General Election — breaking not from the Republican Party but from Trump as its leader.