Quantcast
Connect with us

‘He’s been in over his head since he took the oath of office’: Trump biographer says his problems ‘are coming home to roost’

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s insecurity and lack of intellectual sophistication are at the heart of the increasing chaos in the White House since the “blue wave” in the midterm elections, a Trump biographer explained on MSNBC.

Tim O’Brien wrote the 2005 book Trump Nation and joined “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Wednesday.

“Your thoughts about Trump, why is he in this funk?” Matthews asked. “Why is he hiding, why is he in a cocoon?”

ADVERTISEMENT

“I don’t think that there’s anything particularly new here,” O’Brien answered. “The Trump administration has been a center of chaos and a locus of chaos since the president was inaugurated.”

O’Brien said Trump has “had staff turmoil, he’s had staff turnover, he’s been in over his head from the second he took the oath of office.”

“I think we’re in for two more years of this — we may have six more years of this — because it boils down to the fact that the president lacks the intellectual and emotional discipline and sophistication to manage a large organization,” O’Brien explained.

“Ideology and partisan politics aside, he is not good at managing people or process — he surrounds himself with third-tier people who don’t challenge him, because he’s insecure,” he continued. “And those problems are coming home to roost now.”

“But the Trump we’re seeing right now is the Donald Trump who’s always existed,” O’Brien continued. “He ran his business this way. He got up late in the morning, he didn’t pay attention to detail, he cracked under pressure and he tried to paper all of that through the force of personality and marketing — which he was able to do when he was running the Trump Organization that had maybe two dozen employees.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“The federal government employees 2 million people,” he added.

Watch:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

Published

on

The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

Published

on

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Dirty’ Jared Kushner should be targeted if GOP makes impeachment trial about Bidens: strategist

Published

on

President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants Senate Republicans to turn his impeachment trial around on Democrats by actually making it a trial of the Biden family.

The president on Thursday signaled that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify at his impeachment trial in an effort to make the trial less about his own misconduct and more about purported misconduct by the Democrats.

However, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg on Thursday proposed a plan to counter this kind of misdirection: Going after Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose shady dealings with world leaders have so far escaped significant scrutiny.

Continue Reading