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Former Bush speech writer tells Republicans it’s ‘time to panic’ about Trump’s mental stability

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Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, has a simple message when it comes to President Donald Trump’s mental state: It’s time to panic.

In his Friday column, Gerson slams Republicans — starting with House Speaker Paul Ryan — for keeping their heads in the sand when it comes to openly talking about Trump’s mental stability and fitness for the office of the presidency.

“It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration,” he writes. “They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims.”

Gerson goes through a long list of Trump’s character flaws, but he says that the president’s mental fitness for the office is the one trait that really keeps him worried at night. He then argues that Republicans cannot keep counting on advisers such as Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis to keep Trump in check forever.

“The time for panic and decision is upon us,” he writes. “The thin line of sane, responsible advisers at the White House — such as Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — could break at any moment. Already, Trump’s protests of eternal love for Kelly are a bad sign for the general’s future. The American government now has a dangerous fragility at its very center.”

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In his conclusion, he calls GOP silence over Trump’s fitness “deafening and damning,” while calling out for more of them to act like “vertebrates” by asking hard questions about the president’s mental stability.

Read the whole column here.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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