Trump is now suing John Bolton for breach of contract, a development that surprises literally no one, completing a move that was bound to happen given Bolton’s antics up until this point. For those who don’t know, John Bolton is releasing a book called The Room Where It Happened, a memoir that reportedly documents a wide array of supposedly problematic foreign policy decisions made my Trump over the last few years.
John Bolton has been teasing the public for months concerning his supposed “explosive” knowledge of Trump’s menagerie of impeachable offenses beyond what the House ultimately took up in its impeachment probe last year. In spite of that, the man refused to testify before the House, even going so far as to threaten a legal challenge if he was subpoenaed. This move baffled many, including myself, and in my opinion, eviscerated any credibility the man garnered in his initial willingness to stand up to Trump.
Now, here we are, amid a pandemic and widespread protests, and the man still has the gall to hawk a book that is several months late to the party. He even has the nerve to criticize the House impeachment inquiry for thinking too small when it came to Trump’s impeachment. Well geez, John, if only there was an extensive investigation that was looking in to Trump’s nefarious actions at the time that you could have influenced. Ultimately, as far as thirsty politicians only in it for the book deal go, John Bolton is perhaps the worst offender in recent history.
George Conway, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and consummate Never-Trumper, chalks Bolton’s motivations up to naivety, saying in a Washington Post op-ed, “Bolton perhaps calculated that Senate Republicans would live up to their oaths of office, and to the separate impeachment-trial oath they took to do “impartial justice.” He assumed they would uphold the Constitution.” If this is true, then Bolton is too stupid to be anywhere near government in the future.
Or he’s simply a coward.
And rewarding such cowardly behavior perpetuates a cycle that incentivizes political figures to do less than the bare minimum in service of their country. I can’t stand for that, so I implore you not to buy his book for several reasons.
First, the man isn’t a patriot. He’s no hero, and he needs to know that. He very likely did the country a great disservice by holding back his information, actively inviting this earlier mentioned lawsuit by Trump. I am positive Trump doesn’t particularly care if he wins. He’s just trying to run out the clock. Trump’s suit purports that the book still includes classified info in it and that it needs to be removed. Bolton claims he was careful when writing to not reveal classified information and opted to push ahead with the book release anyway. Predictably, Trump sued, alleging breach of conduct.
Second, how much will this book actually move the needle? We’ve seen a half dozen tell-all books get released in the past four years, all claiming to dish serious dirt on Trump and none of them stuck. What makes Bolton so confident that his book will be any different? Let’s be honest. Bolton probably doesn’t care if he shifts public opinion, if playing on people’s hopes, beliefs, and fears will make him rich.
Finally, in the end, him and his trash memoir are preaching to the fucking choir. Any credibility he had to the contrary is practically shredded. The only people who will hear about this book and its assertions now are people who already dislike Trump. What’s the point in that?
The answer is simple: don’t buy the book. It isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.