Everyone was talking last night about John Bolton’s new tell-all book about life in the Trump White House.
On one hand, it’s clear that Bolton betrayed his country by withholding information, testimony and evidence that would have greatly aided the impeachment of Trump–corroborating testimony that many Republicans claimed was missing and necessary in order for them to vote for impeachment. Bolton also had many chances to blow the whistle on Trump for a variety of misdeeds and potential crimes that he instead remained silent about in order to cash in on a big ($2M) book deal. Bolton’s book confirms that he’s a selfish and mercenary rogue who betrayed his oath of office.
On the other hand, the vast catalog of Trump’s vile statements, malign motives and secret misdeeds revealed in Bolton’s book are causing another firestorm of outrage and condemnation among all but the most hardened of Trump’s cult. Trump is clearly unfit for public office, as those around him apparently acknowledge often among themselves.
Thus far the most damning revelation was that Trump begged China’s leader Xi to help him win re-election by buying farm products that would boost Trump politically. Asking a foreign power to help him win an election is exactly what got Trump impeached in the first place, but Trump apparently did it again. Trump also praised Xi for putting over a million Muslum Uighurs into concentration camps–an action unthinkable under any other presidency.
A lot of great reporting has already been done on Bolton’s book. Here are the three best I’ve read in the past 24 hours. Surely more will arrive tomorrow. First, Slate’s Molly Olmstead gives an overview of the most bizarre and salacious items from Bolton:
Second, NPR’s Ron Elving takes a deep and detailed dive into Bolton’s allegations:
Finally, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman examine why Bolton’s China disclosures are destroying one of Trump’s main criticisms of Joe Biden:
After three years of scandal upon scandal and outrage upon outrage, none of this is surprising, although it should still be shocking. We can’t let Trump’s pervasive corruption, whether blatant or hidden, jade us or exhaust us into complacency. And we can’t let any American begin to believe that any of this is normal. Trump is a profoundly broken, toxic and dangerous president.
Keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”