John Bolton warns CNN: Trying Trump is a ‘form of Russian roulette’ that could backfire bigly

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton put a damper on leftist celebrations by cautioning that Special Counsel Jack Smith’s new charges have the potential of backfiring to the benefit of embattled GOP frontrunner Donald J. Trump.

On Thursday, the bellicose former Trump administration official made an appearance during CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the big day when the ex-POTUS was being arraigned in a Washington, D.C. federal courthouse, a festive occasion that had Trump-hating leftists celebrating like it was Christmas Day. But Bolton’s message was more of a warning than one of joy.

Joining anchor Jake Tapper, the former United States Ambassador to the U.N. spoiled the party by likening the cases against Trump to a game of Russian roulette and an unexpected turn of events such as an acquittal or a hung jury could result in the most persecuted political figure in modern U.S. history winning back the White House and exacting a terrible vengeance on his enemies.

(Vide0: CNN)

After telling Tapper that a conviction in either federal case would likely be lights out for Trump’s political career, he then warned that if the unthinkable happened, Smith’s witch hunt could boomerang bigly on Democrats and their allies.

“But I want to underline what we’re doing. I think it’s the right thing to do, but it is a modified form of Russian roulette,” he said. “If Trump is convicted and one or both of the federal cases, I think that will turn things upside down. I think he could be denied the Republican nomination. He’d certainly lose the election.”

“But if he is acquitted or a hung jury results, which I think would be understood by most people as being the equivalent of acquittal, I think he would get the Republican nomination and he could quite possibly win the election on the back of that,” Bolton added.

He also chided politicians and talking heads who are overjoyed about the Smith indictments which they seem to believe, this time, they’ve finally got him, telling Tapper that the “risk is real” and that if Trump ends up being acquitted – which could be unlikely considering the jury pool – that it could “empower” him to win next year’s election.

“The risk is real. And I hear the exuberance. I’ve heard it the last 24 hours,” the veteran of the Trump and George W. Bush administrations said. “The impeachment efforts against Trump failed twice to convict him. And what did what was the consequence of the failure? Emboldening and empowering Trump. Acquittals here would be even more devastating.”

Tapper later brought up a defiant message that Trump posted on Truth Social on Thursday that he seemed to be troubled by.

(Screenshot: Truth Social)

“What does that mean to you? I’m being arrested for you?” he asked Bolton about the post in which Trump said that he was being arrested for his supporters. “Why would anyone think that that is possibly true?”

“Well, I think he’s appealing to the alienation of a lot of Republican voters,” Bolton answered. “A lot of independents, a lot of people who have supported him before, and if he can make them feel that they are the ones that the system, the deep state, is after, it will solidify their support. And for a lot of reasons that people can discuss, that support is real. It’s undeniable. What will shake that support is conviction,” he added.

Trump’s enemies are rejoicing today but there has to be a gnawing sense of dread in the back of their minds that the resilient Trump has repeatedly survived all previous efforts to destroy him.

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