Economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich revealed a shocking conversation he had with a former member of Congress in a Facebook post Monday.
The post, which was published before Anthony Scaramucci was removed as White House communication’s director, paints a picture of a government in chaos.
When Reich suggested that the White House was imploding and the GOP was heading down with the ship, the member laughed, saying “we’re officially in a banana republic.”
“They’re convinced Trump is out of his gourd,” the former member revealed. “Remember what I told you at the start of this circus? They planned to use Trump’s antics for cover, to get done what they most wanted – big tax cuts, rollbacks of regulations, especially financial. They’d work with Pence behind the scenes and forget the crazy uncle in the attic.”
He then corrected himself saying that he’s hearing that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “is pissing them off.” He said that Republicans in the caucus anticipate Trump will hurt them in 2018 and 2020.
“They want him out [of] there,” he continued, saying that they’re hoping special counsel Robert Mueller comes up with a “smoking gun.” When asked what they would do if Trump fired Mueller, he claimed it would never happen.
If Trump isn’t gone by the 2020 elections they intend to put someone up against him.
“Lots of maneuvering already. Pence, obviously. Cruz thinks he has a shot,” the member said. Until then, they think Trump is “fritzing out,” which he explained was “going totally bananas” with “paranoia.”
“You want to know why he fired [Reince] Priebus, wants Sessions out, and is now gunning for Tillerson?” the member asked Reich, who thought it was to shake things up. “No. The way I hear it, he thinks they’ve been plotting against him.”
Reich confessed he found the idea that Sessions and Priebus were plotting against Trump to be absurd.
“It’s ludicrous. Sessions is a loyal lapdog,” the member said. “[Rex] Tillerson doesn’t know where the bathroom is. That’s my point. Trump is fritzing out. Having manic delusions. He’s actually going nuts… it’s downright dangerous.”
He went on to say that it won’t be long before all of Washington knows that Trump is “flipping out.”
“I don’t mean just weird. I mean really off his rocker,” the former member of Congress said. “They don’t have to plot against him. It will be obvious to everyone that he’s got to go. That’s where the twenty-fifth amendment really does comes in … But he’s losing it fast. My betting is he’s out of office before the midterms. And Pence is president.”
Read the full conversation below: