Journalist and CNN commentator Michael D’Antonio warned that President Donald Trump’s style of politics is infecting the GOP with rage.
The Trump biographer wrote in a CNN article that, “Trump’s presidency is marked not by political ideology but by personality. As former Secretary of State Colin Powell, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, “We the people” has been replaced by “me the president.”
During an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday, D’Antonio explained that Trump’s political personality is an “infection of indecency.”
“You wrote this whole piece saying that Trumpism is winning. Tell me why?” Baldwin asked.
“It’s winning for a variety of reasons. First of all, the president himself defines his essence as the pursuit of victory. So Trumpism by definition is always about winning. But it’s really about him winning,” he said.
D’Antonio then gave examples of Trumpism in action and noted the Senate Judicial hearing where now Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out of the gates swinging with rage to defend himself against sexual assault claims.
“If you look at what Judge Kavanaugh did during the second round of hearings where he lost it and went off on this emotional tirade about the United States Senate, his manner was very Trumpian,” he said.
D’Antonio continued, “The style of his approach to the senators and their questions was right out of the Trump playbook and others like Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley also echoed the president’s style. So we see now that Trumpism is ascending.”
“It all goes back to Donald Trump. I think of him as spreading a contagion or infection of indecency. ”
Watch the full interview below via CNN.
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