Presidential historian Jon Meacham said the president’s tweets had become impossible to ignore, and his apparently declining mental health posed a real danger to the nation.
Meacham appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where the historian and author agreed with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that President Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter rampage was “disturbing.”
“The president is getting worse,” Scarborough said, “and, you know, people don’t like us talking about it on the air, so we’ll talk about this on the air. We heard this from campaign people from the beginning, which was that that he was not right.”
“Something’s up with him,” Brzezinski agreed.
“They were concerned during the campaign, which we just mentioned, during the campaign, that there is something terribly wrong with this president,” Scarborough added.
Conservative lawyer George Conway, who is married to White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, responded to Trump’s outburst by saying the president was “getting worse,” and Scarborough said that should be very alarming.
“George Conway, of course, is not only a good constitutional scholar but also married to one of the president’s closest aides,” Scarborough said.
Meacham said the president’s behavior was plainly unacceptable, and his behavior was too troubling to ignore.
“Ultimately, you can’t ignore him, right, because then it totally takes hold,” Meacham said, “and I think that, if anything, if one of my children sent 50 tweets, I’d take the phone away — and I think that’s the way most people would view this. I think we have to call it for what it is, which is he is unstable, he’s a bad actor in the life of the republic — and that’s not reflexively partisan, it’s not ideological. I think, at this point, reason and data and experience would lead you to that conclusion.”
‘The president is lying’: Trump gets immediately debunked by CNN after claiming he stopped ‘send her back’ chant
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he stopped the North Carolina rally crowd from chanting "send her back" during a rant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But CNN immediately called him out for the false claim.
"I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly," Trump told the press. "Excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that. Maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit. Thank you, everybody. I will try. I will certainly try, yes."
Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist
President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.
However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.
"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.
Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote
Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.
Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."