MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday broke down a scenario that should haunt President Donald Trump.
O’Donnell began Wednesday’s “The Last Word” with, “Donald Trump once again making a Trump problem much worse.”
“Today, Donald Trump’s John Bolton problem got much worse. No one makes Donald Trump’s problems get worse better than Donald Trump and so today when he was asked about John Bolton, Donald Trump could not resist taking shots at John Bolton, attacking John Bolton, calling John Bolton not smart,” O’Donnell explained.
“John Bolton resisted responding to Donald Trump’s provocation,” he continued. “Well, John Bolton didn’t completely resist. He said some very important words. John Bolton said, ‘I will have my say in due course.’ That was first reported as a text John Bolton sent to The Washington Post and soon NBC News confirmed those exact words from John Bolton today, ‘I will have my say in due course.'”
“It would have been much better for Donald Trump if John Bolton decided to have his say today and get it over with, but on this, at least, John Bolton is much, much smarter than Donald Trump,” O’Donnell said.
“John Bolton is going to have his say. He is going to respond to the insults that Donald Trump threw at him today,” he continued. “But John Bolton is going to control the timing and the form of his response to Donald Trump.”
“John Bolton has already written one book of memoirs of serving in a Republican presidential administration. Tonight, John Bolton has the makings of a book that could outsell any book ever written by a member of a presidential administration. And a book that could destroy the Trump re-election campaign,” O’Donnell said.
“Might ‘due course’ be, oh, a year from now in September or October of 2020? At the height of the presidential campaign? Might that be the moment for John Bolton to release his second memoir of service to a president? Might that be when and how John Bolton has his say?” O’Donnell wondered. “And what would that book do to the Trump reelection campaign? Donald Trump should be very worried about John Bolton’s next book.”
“There is a small group of New York literary agents to handle books like this and they would all advise John Bolton to have his say in a book and to maximize the value in the marketplace, John Bolton should say nothing between now and when the book comes out. That means that every day of John Bolton’s silence becomes more ominous for the Trump campaign,” he explained.
The stakes aren’t just enormous for Trump, but also for Bolton.
“John Bolton is in a position to become the best-selling author ever of an inside the Trump White House book, and he has enough time to write one and get it published at the height of the presidential campaign, and that book could be worth several million dollars. A life-changing amount of money for John Bolton.”
Republican strategist Rick Wilson agreed with O’Donnell’s analysis.
“I think he’s got the chance to stick the knife in right into Trump’s soft under-chin at the right moment — if he chooses to do so,” Wilson said, ominously.
WATCH: CNN fact checker shows how Trump campaign ‘egregiously altered’ Biden photos in new ad
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Thursday showed on President Donald Trump's campaign has been blatantly manipulating photos of former Vice President Joe Biden to make it look like he has spent the last year sitting in his basement.
While appearing on "New Day," Dale dissected images of Biden in Trump's new ad and showed how the campaign used Photoshop to put the photos in a completely different context.
"[The ad] uses three misleading images, one of which is egregiously altered," Dale said. "That first image shows Joe Biden speaking at a town hall in Iowa outdoors at a nature preserve... what the ad does is remove the microphone from his hand and remove the trees, replacing it with a wall to make him seem like he's alone and not talking to anyone."
‘This is a big deal’: Iowa Gov. ends voting ban for people with felony convictions
The new executive order means there is now no U.S. state categorically banning people with former convictions from voting.
In a development heralded as "a historic sea change," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning the state's policy of permanently banning those with felony convictions from voting.
"Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance of redemption, second chances, and the need to address inequalities in our justice system," said Reynolds, a Republican, whose order (pdf) is expected to restore voting rights to roughly 40,000 people.
‘So many bootlicking hacks’: Trump campaign ignites mockery with ‘hilarious’ list of potential debate moderators
Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September, according to Axios. In his letter to the commission, he also included a list of suggested moderators.
The list included several mainstream journalists, such as Norah O'Donnell of CBS News and David Muir of ABC News. But it also contained a number of right-wing pundits, like Hugh Hewitt.