Trump Called Ignorant By Who?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – At a recent event held by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr critiqued the linguistic abilities of his previous boss, ex-President Donald Trump. Responding to a query from CBS reporter Jan Crawford about whether Trump was “losing it,” Barr pointed out that Trump’s spoken language lacks discipline. The former Attorney General implied that Trump tends to be somewhat repetitive and superficial in his use of adjectives.

This exchange elicited laughter from the assembled crowd, further emphasizing the distance that has grown between Barr and Trump. Barr indicated that Trump frequently overextends himself when trying to use unfamiliar adjectives, suggesting a lack of linguistic precision and control. “When he strays from his common set of adjectives like ‘very,’ he often goes overboard,” Barr noted.

The tension between the two has intensified over recent months, particularly after Trump faced federal indictments, which further strained their already fraught relationship. Barr has been unusually candid in his critique of his former employer, especially considering his role in Trump’s administration. He is among the few high-profile figures from Trump’s tenure to openly voice disapproval of the former president’s actions and to endorse his indictment on federal charges.

Barr, who headed the Department of Justice under Trump for approximately two years, stepped down in December 2020. His departure came after Trump promulgated unfounded claims that the presidential election had been manipulated against him. Barr countered that there was no evidence to support widespread allegations of voter fraud. He has also appeared before a House committee that is probing the events surrounding the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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