Former Attorney General William Barr recently recalled getting hit with his onetime boss’s classic insult: a loser.
Barr, who has since fallen out with former President Donald Trump, described the encounter as one of the most awkward moments during his tumultuous two-year tenure in the Trump administration. Trump disparaged Barr as a “f***ing loser” while meeting with his underlings to discuss their response to riots gripping the nation following George Floyd‘s death.
“The president was bellowing at a number of his Cabinet secretaries and especially the military guys, the DoD secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and calling all of us f***ing losers at the top of his lungs,” he recounted during an interview with former New York Times editor Bari Weiss on her Honestly podcast.
Since his departure from the White House, Barr has opened up about his feelings for his old boss. The former attorney general has often defended Trump’s policies but disparaged his character. Barr resigned from his perch as the No. 1 Justice Department official in December 2020 while Trump and his allies peddled assertions that the 2020 election was “rigged.”
In multiple interviews since, Barr has insisted that the claims of voter fraud depriving Trump of victory were “bulls***” and recounted his frustration with Trump’s obsession with the 2020 election in his waning White House days.
Now Barr is backing someone else for the GOP nod in 2024: “whoever has the best chance of pushing Trump aside.” During the interview, he name-dropped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as possible contenders he could back.
So far, none of those people have announced plans to run in 2024, but Trump had indicated to New York magazine that his mind is made up about a 2024 presidential stint.
Barr also noted that he was surprised that Democrats and many prominent figures in the media haven’t apologized for pushing the so-called “Russiagate hoax” he ripped as the “big lie.” Trump had been dogged by allegations that he and his campaign conspired with Russia in a plot of collusion to win the 2016 election.
“I’ve been surprised that the mainstream media and the people who fanned this to the point of hysteria haven’t come back to say, ‘Yeah, there was a big lie in 2016 that has hurt the country and distorted our politics and foreign policy throughout the Trump administration. It was unjust. It was wrong. And we made a mistake.’ Very few, if any, have come out to say that,” Barr said.