Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) on Wednesday defended his tweet labeling President Donald Trump a "psychopath."
During an interview on CNN, Gallego was asked whether he really thought it was constructive to call Trump a "psychopath" and to inform him that Americans "will regret the day you were ever born."
Gallego pointed out that he was responding to a Trump tweet in which the president accused the FBI of missing warning signs about last week's school shooter in Parkland, Florida because it was too busy investigating his presidential campaign's potential ties to Russian agents.
"I think it's very important for us to shock the American public, especially those that aren't paying attention to what this president is doing," Gallego said. "I think it is constructive in the sense that we're not dealing with a normal president. If any president in the past would have tweeted this out while there were still young men and women being buried in a mass shooting, the press and politicians in general would have started questioning the sanity of this president or whether he even he's fit for office."
Gallego insisted that it was appropriate to use shocking language to describe the shocking actions that Trump took over the weekend with his tweets.
"What he did was beyond the pale, to take something as disgusting that just occurred to these young kids and then turn around and make it about himself," he said. "That's not normal."
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