Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt mocked President Donald Trump’s efforts to replace chief of staff John Kelly.
The president forced out the retired U.S. Marine Corps general after months of clashes, but he’s been turned down by multiple candidates — which Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was nearly incomprehensible.
“It’s (an) extraordinary departure for people who work in politics,” Schidt said. “If you’re someone who would ever be considered to be chief of staff to the president of the United States, when the president asks you to serve the country — the answer is, ‘Yes, Mr. President, it would be an honor to do so.'”
“What we see is all of the careerists putting their ambition ahead of their service to the country,” Schmidt added. “In the case of (Rep.) Mark Meadows (R-NC), we see somebody has the requisite dishonesty necessary to be chief of staff to the president in this administration, but as a general proposition, when we look out at the field of candidates they understand that they won’t survive this, that their integrity, their reputations, their careers — all of it — will go up in smoke.”
Schmidt half-jokingly suggested Trump fill Kelly’s former position through a reality TV audition.
“I just think as we see now this public auditioning for this job, perhaps bring back Omarosa or maybe it’ll Gary Busey or Meatloaf or some other contestants that graced the ‘Apprentice’ screens,” he said.
“As we watch this unfold from public turning down of this by a 36-year-old political operative (Nick Ayers),” Schmidt added, “all you can say when you look at it, though it is tragic, what a joke, what a farce this all has become in slightly less than two years since Donald Trump raised his hand, swore the 35-word oath of office and then has proceeded to desecrate it every moment of his presidential term since that moment where he said, ‘So help me God.'”
Trump is unhappy in reality — so he’s inviting everyone into his world of make-believe: columnist
Confabulation is an unintentional event where someone's memory creates "fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world." Parataxic distortion is when a person tends to "skew perceptions" of others based on fantasy. Then there's political opportunism, a "diagnosis" that plagues politicians almost exclusively. Regardless of the cause, Washington Post syndicated columnist Michael Gerson noted President Donald Trump is not only creating his own reality, he's inviting his supporters to live inside of it.
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.
Kid writes lesbian neighbors a note: You’ve ‘given me the courage to come out’
File this one under: why representation matters.Sal Stow and her partner Meghan Stabler of Round Rock, Texas, had no idea that flying a Pride flag outside of their home would lead to a social media blitz, appearances on Good Morning America, entries in People Magazine, or anything short of just a normal day in June. However, what actually happened is one for the record books.