Bill Barr Supports Trump in 2024, Citing 'Far Left' as a Bigger Threat

Navigating the tumult of political alliances and criticisms.

by Nouman Rasool
Bill Barr Supports Trump in 2024, Citing 'Far Left' as a Bigger Threat
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In a surprising turn of events, former Attorney General Bill Barr has announced his support for Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, despite their previously strained relationship and Barr’s vocal criticisms of Trump post-presidency.

Barr, aged 73, communicated his stance in a recent interview on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live,” stating his belief that the "far left" poses a more severe threat to American democracy than Trump’s potential return to the Oval Office.

Barr explicitly contrasted the dangers he perceives from the Biden administration against those posed by Trump, claiming, “The Biden administration is in fact the greater threat to democracy. They have a totalitarian temper and are trying to squash opposition and freedom of speech as part of their allegiance to the progressive movement”.

He described the far-left faction as "a heavy-handed bunch of thugs," laying bare his concerns about their influence on American politics. The backdrop to Barr's endorsement includes a tumultuous end to his tenure as Attorney General, during which he clashed with Trump over baseless claims of election fraud.

Despite his assertion in December 2020 that there was no evidence supporting Trump's fraud claims — a declaration that prompted his early resignation — Barr has maintained a critical yet complex stance towards Trump.

Barr's Complex Stance

Even after leaving office, Barr remained a critical voice against Trump, encouraging GOP voters during the primaries to consider other candidates for the 2024 election.

However, his critique was not without nuances; while he has suggested that Trump may have broken the law, he has also stated he does not wish to see his former boss incarcerated. Trump's responses to Barr have been characteristically scathing, branding him as "Weak, Slow Moving, Lethargic, Gutless, and Lazy." Despite these rebukes, Barr has kept his options open, indicating a reluctant willingness to support Trump if he were the Republican nominee, citing no viable alternative and a need to choose "between two individuals." In his interview, Barr lamented the choice but underscored his alignment with many of Trump's policies, which he described as favorable.

His reservations about Trump primarily concern the former president's conduct, particularly post-election, which Barr found disturbing. Yet, he justified his support by pointing to policy matters like regulatory overreach and other conservative priorities that Trump championed during his presidency.