In an absolutely harsh and uncompromising Christmas Eve column for the Washington Post, journalist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson all but called Donald Trump the worst president ever.
Labeling Trump as incompetent, impulsive and amoral, Robinson said he embodies some of the worst attributes of a rogue's gallery of past U.S. Presidents.
"The chaos all around us is what happens when the nation elects an incompetent, narcissistic, impulsive and amoral man as president. This Christmas, heaven help us all," he began.
Citing William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” ("Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world . . . And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?”) Robinson claimed Trump has come to exemplify what Yeats feared.
"It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking," Robinson suggested. "We have never had a president like him, so history is a poor guide. For his racism, we can perhaps look back to Woodrow Wilson; his general unfitness to hold the nation’s highest office recalls the hapless Andrew Johnson. Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal."
He pithily added, "The past week has seen Trump manifest all those characteristics and more."
Listing off a week's worth of presidential missteps, blunders, lies, and disastrous policy decisions that have Wall Street, Republicans and Democrats alike recoiling in horror -- Robinson said Americans may not have seen Trump's worst yet.
"As multiple investigations close in, including the one led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump will surely lash out. I believe things will get worse before they get better," he wrote before adding hopefully, "All of us, believers and nonbelievers, must somehow summon faith that we will survive this trial. Please start by having a very merry Christmas."
You can read the whole piece here.