Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been fairly quiet since leaving her position in the Trump administration, but she has something to say about former National Security Adviser John Bolton, whose new memoir is roiling D.C.
The White House is playing defense in the wake of Bolton’s tell-all, but as it turns out, Sanders has her own book coming out, in which she spills the beans about Bolton.
“Speaking for Myself”
Sanders’ book, titled “Speaking for Myself,” is not due out until the fall, but she does not hold back taking shots at Bolton’s attitude and demeanor. He was “drunk on power” and not very well-liked by other administration officials during his time in the White House, according to Sanders.
According to Axios, which obtained excerpts from the book, Sanders characterized Bolton as “a classic case of a senior White House official drunk on power, who had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything.”
Sanders also writes that Bolton was just inconsiderate, ignoring requests to wait for the remainder of the staff while traveling to ensure they would not get caught in traffic.
“We waited and watched as Bolton sped by and left us in the dust. The discussion on the bus quickly moved … to how arrogant and selfish Bolton could be, not just in this moment but on a regular basis,” Sanders wrote.
Her characterizations are on par with what other officials have stated, as the consensus seems to be that Bolton acted like he was the most important man in the room.
Now they believe him…
The fact that Democrats, especially presidential hopeful Joe Biden, are now taking Bolton’s book as fact is both amazing and hypocritical.
In 2005, Bolton was serving in President George W. Bush’s administration when he was brought to testify before the Senate. During this testimony, Biden unloaded on Bolton, challenging both his honesty and his patriotism.
That is a far cry from how Bolton’s account is being received today, though. Media pundits and Democrats are happy to amplify Bolton’s anti-Trump narrative, even though other involved parties have already pushed back on claims in his book.
For instance, Reuters reported that South Korea has already stated that Bolton is “distorting” events to suit his narrative.
Democrats should be careful about betting on Bolton. As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) put it, “Bolton has an axe to grind. It’s clear he’ll say anything to sell books. One problem for Bolton: he wasn’t the only person in the room.”