Thank goodness that Republicans and the White House have chosen to adopt a nuanced approach to John Bolton. As leaks from his upcoming memoir continue to reverberate politically, Bolton has become a political target for those seeking to pre-empt any damage from his potential upcoming testimony. They might have chosen to suggest that Bolton might be misremembering or that second-hand information might have confused him, but instead they’re going with the “John the Backstabber wants to profit off us” approach.
The nickname comes from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lead personal attorney and his Ukraine fixer, the Washington Post reports:
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, in a text message to The Washington Post said he regretted pushing Bolton for the position of national security adviser and said the president was always skeptical of Bolton. He said that Bolton “never once raised any objection to what I was doing in defending” the president, and accused him of acting cowardly.
“I never thought of him as not having the courage to deal with people man to man,” Giuliani said. “So I put him in the category of John the Backstabber.”