President Donald J. Trump attends the 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Barr’s new book “One Damn Thing After Another” urges the GOP to move past Trump even though he remains the GOP’s dominant figure. He recently won the CPAC straw poll with 59% of the vote. The next closes, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has 28%.
Barr specifically urged the GOP to start focusing on the new leaders of the party while stating that Trump has, “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed.”
Barr was the Attorney General during the end of Trump’s presidency and famously contradicted the former president’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
Barr is powerful in conservative circles having previously spent time as the Attorney General for George H.W. Bush’s administration, and did make some controversial decisions.
The most controversial being his decision to drop the charges against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Despite this, he pushed back against Trump, and in the end landed on the opposite side of Trump on a crucial issue for the former president.