Bill Kristol says he wouldn't be surprised by Michael Flynn presidential bid

Political analyst Bill Kristol said on Sunday that he wouldn’t be surprised if former national security adviser and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn ran for president should former President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE opt out of the race in 2024.

In a series of tweets, Kristol said that recent verbal attacks Trump and Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonSunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot' Paid family leave is 'not a vacation,' Buttigieg says MORE made about the military are meant to appeal to "aggrieved troops and vets, and to divide the military and subvert civilian control."

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Kristol called such rhetoric "a classic move from the authoritarian playbook."

"Or from the fascist playbook," he added.

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Kristol said he "wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Flynn becomes ever more central to the Trumpist movement."

"Military man, killed terrorists, fired by Obama, persecuted by the deep state, Trump loyalist, and QAnon. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran if Trump doesn’t in 2024," Kristol wrote.

Flynn was Trump's first national security adviser. He later pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with the top Russian diplomat in the United States and agreed to cooperate with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation. Flynn was later pardoned by Trump in the waning weeks of his administration following the former president's 2020 election loss.