The global political environment is the most dangerous it’s been in decades — and experts say President Donald Trump is largely to blame.
The consultancy firm Eurasia Group issued a troubling analysis of the current situation, which they found was nearly as unstable as during World War II, and founder Ian Bremmer discussed his findings on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs.
“We have a presidential system with an absolutely unfit and impulsive president,” said Sachs, a professor of sustainable development and health policy. “We don’t have policy right now, we are lurching day to day. Trump is unstable psychologically, the pressures are rising and he’s even more unstable.”
Sachs said the U.S. essentially had given up on foreign or domestic policy to reflect the moods of the president.
“What we call policy is not policy,” he said. “It’s being made up by the hour, where we have troops, where we have huge dangers of conflict in Syria. It’s obviously being made up day by day.”
“You think Trump and the wall, which is weird,” Sachs continued. “He probably believes what he’s saying because he’s got these paranoid ideations that are all over the place, and he thinks probably that there’s this massive terrorist assault coming from the southern border. I believe he believes this.”
Sachs said Trump was even more dangerous after decades of executive branch growth.
“We have a presidential system which unwisely gave a tremendous amount of power to the president, especially in foreign policy, over the last 50 years,” Sachs said. “Now we’re living the dangers of this, and I think most people, not in his narrow base, understand that this man is psychologically unstable. But politically it’s frozen right now and it’s very, very dangerous.”
Meghan McCain gets schooled after complaining Brett Kavanaugh was treated worse than Al Franken
Meghan McCain noticed the asymmetry in the accusations of sexual misconduct against Al Franken and Brett Kavanaugh, even if she overlooked how those allegations eventually played out.
"The View" tackled a New Yorker piece published by Jane Mayer, who believes the Minnesota Democrat was "railroaded" out of the U.S. Senate over sexual harassment claims, and McCain said Democrats had no choice but to force him to resign.
"Imagine him questioning Brett Kavanaugh at the time," McCain said, "which by the way, the writer who wrote this article, Jane Mayer, wrote a 2018 piece about allegations of Brett Kavanaugh that's been panned because the only corroborating witness said he had heard the story but he didn't remember it now, so it's very tricky."
White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director
FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.
As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.
Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism
Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."