Does Anyone Really Care What John Bolton Has to Say?
Well, the big news on Monday is that the New York Times received an advanced copy of John Bolton’s forthcoming book, in which the former natsec adviser reportedly spills the beans about President Donald Trump’s “drug deal” with Ukraine.
The Times reports: “President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.”
The conveniently-timed leak, coming just days before the Senate will vote on whether or not to call witnesses, is being regarded with deep suspicion by the president and his supporters. In an incisive tweet, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway reminded the country that we’ve seen this story play out before.
“This is obviously book promo coordinated with compliant media, yes,” Hemingway wrote. “But an additional word of skepticism: these *particular* folks have a pattern of overpromising and underachieving with their ‘bombshell’ anti-Trump book roll outs.”
Exactly. There’s not a word of actual text from Bolton’s manuscript included in the Times’ story, and it’s not even completely clear that the reporters got a look at the book. That leaves us with the possibility that they’re just taking the leaker’s word for what Bolton said.
But even if Bolton’s book is accurately represented by these reports, it introduces another, more important question: Does anyone actually give a damn?
Dan Bongino might have put it best with his tweet on the matter:
1) Nobody cares
2) The aid was delivered
3) The Ukrainians aren’t victims (just ask them)
4) The Democrats’ corruption in Ukraine is real
5) Nobody cares
We’d say that pretty much covers the bases.
At least with the Russian conspiracy hoax, the left came up with something that had some bite to it. If you’re going to dream up a controversy, give us something we can enjoy, damn it. Give us something that turns the lights on. The only thing worse than a bad movie is a boring movie, and that’s what they’ve given us with this Ukraine show. Can we all just stop pretending that any of this matters and move on? Please?
Number one issue facing this nation: Illegal immigration. Number two: The rising global economic threat that is China. The geopolitical ramifications of Ukraine’s military aid? That’s somewhere around #3,439, right underneath “noisy refrigerators” and right above the song, “Baby Shark.” Let’s get our priorities straight.