People have been talking about John Bolton for weeks. Reporters have been quoting from his book for days. President Trump and his allies have been attacking him from Twitter to TV. The DOJ's lawyers have been challenging him in court.
Now he gets his say. Tuesday is publication day, lest anyone forget. There's a big spread in Monday's USA Today, a "Morning Edition" interview Monday morning, Bret Baier and Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, "The View" and Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, and on from there.
The federal court case and the questions about potentially classified material have risked obscuring the holy-you-know-what nature of this book. ABC's prime time special -- Martha Raddatz's sit-down with Bolton -- re-centered the conversation. Bolton called Trump "naive and dangerous." He said he hopes Trump is remembered as a "one-term president." ABC published the interview transcript on ABCNews.com.
Earlier in the day on ABC, "This Week" played a clip of Raddatz saying to Bolton, "You describe the president as erratic, foolish, behaved 'irrationally,' bizarrely, 'you can't leave him alone for a minute,' he 'saw conspiracies behind rocks' and was 'stunningly informed.'" Bolton responded to the summary, "I don't think he's fit for office. I don't think he has the competence to carry out the job."
After the clip aired, moderator Jon Karl said, "Martha, we just never have heard something like that from somebody in a president's inner circle while that president is still in office." "And I think that's what you have to remember," Raddatz said, "this is an extraordinary interview, really a jaw-dropping interview, because he is talking about a sitting president. And he was there, as you know well, Jon, for 17 months."