Fox News legal analyst slams pro-Trump Republicans who went from praising ‘conservative icon’ Bolton to condemning him
In the past, criticism of John Bolton on the right mainly came paleoconservative and anti-interventionist outlets like Antiwar.com — which has been highly critical of his hawkish neoconservative views on foreign policy. But this week, some of the most vehement criticism of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has been coming from Republicans who once embraced him. And Andrew Napolitano, legal analyst for Fox News and Fox Business, is calling out Republicans who have gone from praising Bolton to demonizing him.
Anger at Bolton among Trump’s sycophants and loyalists stems from a bombshell report in the New York Times — where journalists Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt reported over the weekend that in a manuscript of his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” Bolton alleges that Trump had a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine’s government. And that was: no investigation of the Bidens (former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden), no military aid. This is the same allegation pro-impeachment Democrats have been making.
“We know John,” Napolitano asserted. “He used to work here. He’s a very intelligent, strong-willed, meticulously honest person.”
Bolton, Napolitano notes, was “a conservative icon until two days ago. Now, the things they’re saying about him — it sounds like they’re talking about (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi. But he has come out with something that goes to the core of the case.”
Some of the most intense criticism of Bolton in the right-wing media has been coming from opinion hosts at Fox News or Fox Business, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs — all of whom view him as a traitor for daring to question Trump’s actions with Ukraine. Dobbs, sounding even more buffoonish than usual, denounced Bolton as a “tool” for “radical” Democrats and “the Deep State.”
According to Napolitano — who, unlike most at Fox News and Fox Business, isn’t shy about criticizing Trump at times — Bolton’s allegations get right to the heart of the Democratic impeachment case against the president.
“Now that this witness at the core of everything — who had personal conversations with just the president — has come forward with a version 180 degrees from theirs, I think they’re stuck with this. I think many Republicans are now going to say, ‘We have to hear from Bolton.’”