A former speechwriter for George W. Bush said President Donald Trump’s tweets revealed he was lacking essential character traits, and he said Republicans should stop ignoring the growing evidence of a possible mental disorder.
Peter Wehner, who also previously served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his fellow Republicans should start publicly expressing the concerns they privately share about the president’s fitness for office.
“These tweets shouldn’t be ignored because I think they are an insight into a disordered personality,” said Wehner, author of the forthcoming book The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump.
“These things speak to something deeply worrisome about this man,” he added. “It’s not just the narcissism, it’s the callousness, it’s the cruelty, it’s the vindictiveness, it’s the lack of shame. Those qualities are essential in human life, and they’re very important to have in a president.”
Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, said many of his fellow conservatives had abandoned their principles to cover for a corrupt president.
“People who now call themselves conservatives or Republicans have completely lost their moral bearings,” Nichols said. “At this point it’s about tribalism, it’s about making other people angry. They judge their success politically about how angry other people are no matter what it takes to get there, which is really not a political movement so much as it’s a kind of childish reflex that doesn’t really have any of ideology or political content to it.”
Nichols said the GOP had taken on the personality flaws demonstrated by the president.
“It’s mostly just an oppositional defiance disorder amongst an entire political party,” he said. “There’s a loss of decency amongst people who once prized things, or at least claimed to prize things like character, honor, decency, civility — that’s all gone now.”
This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis
On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.
But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.
Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."
REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries
Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.
According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.
The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.
Robert Hooke: The ‘English Leonardo’ who was a 17th-century scientific superstar
Considering his accomplishments, it’s a surprise that Robert Hooke isn’t more renowned. As a physician, I especially esteem him as the person who identified biology’s most essential unit, the cell.
Like Leonardo da Vinci, Hooke excelled in an incredible array of fields. The remarkable range of his achievements throughout the 1600s encompassed pneumatics, microscopy, mechanics, astronomy and even civil engineering and architecture. Yet this “English Leonardo” – well-known in his time – slipped into relative obscurity for several centuries.