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John Bolton said coup planning takes a lot of work

Bolton denied that the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol were a carefully planned coup d’etat spearheaded by Trump but claimed to have experience organizing other coups.



John Bolton, a former national security adviser, acknowledged organizing coups on Tuesday’s The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN.

Thoughts that the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol were a “well orchestrated coup d’etat” led by former President Donald Trump, 76, are “mistakes,” according to Bolton, 73.

Bolton informed the host Jake Tapper, “That’s not how Donald Trump does things. He was “rambling from one half-vast concept to another; one strategy that fails and another emerges,” according to one observer.

The former president’s acts, he continued, “were not an attack on our democracy.”


Bolton remarked, “It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Bolton continued, “It takes a lot of work, and that’s not what [Trump] accomplished. I’ve helped organize coups d’etats — not here, but, you know, other places. “It was merely fumbling from one concept to another. Undoubtedly, he did eventually let loose the rioters in the Capitol, but not to overturn the Constitution; rather, it was to buy more time before returning the subject to the states to try to resolve it again.”

After a former aide said that John Bolton “barely knew where Ukraine was,” Donald Trump called Bolton “irrelevant.”

Tapper pressed Bolton more on his “expertise planning coups” and whether they had been “successful coups.”


In answer, Bolton mentioned a failed attempt in 2019 to unseat Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which he wrote about in his memoir published in 2020, but he refused to “go into the specifics.”

Bolton stated, “Not that we had much to do with it, but I witnessed what it takes for an opposition to attempt and overthrow a president who was unlawfully elected, and they failed.

Bolton’s comments about the situation in Venezuela appear to be different from what he has previously said. He reportedly said, “This is certainly not a coup,” in 2019, according to The Washington Post.

“The thought that Donald Trump was half as skilled as the Venezuelan opposition is ludicrous,” Bolton said on The Lead.


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Tapper chimed in. Bolton responded, “I think — I’m sure there is,” in response to the statement, “I feel like there is other stuff you’re not telling me about.”

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The House committee looking into the Capitol riots examined how Trump incited radicals and ardent supporters to commit crimes on Jan. 6 at the Capitol on Tuesday.


From April 2018 through September 2019, Bolton served as President Trump’s national security adviser.

Bolton addressed the claim that the former president was tough on Vladimir Putin and that actions taken during his administration stopped Russia from attacking Ukraine in the past. This was in March.

In an interview with the right-wing news source Newsmax at the time, Bolton stated of Trump, “The fact is that he barely understood where Ukraine was.”

It’s simply inaccurate to claim that Trump’s actions in any way discouraged the Russians, said Bolton. According to the facts, Russia didn’t believe its military was prepared.


When asked to comment on the president and Russia-related comments made by the former national security adviser, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told PEOPLE at the time, “John Bolton was let go because he thought that anything short of war was insufficient. Bolton is no longer relevant since President Trump brought an end to conflicts and preserved peace during his presidency.”