Conservative Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, known for his commentary on Fox News, hit President Trump supporters with some harsh facts this week via a new syndicated column.
“The president has serious and powerful tormentors whom he cannot overcome by mockery alone,” he wrote. “He needs to do more than demean them with acerbic tweets, because many of those tormentors can legally cause him real harm,” Napolitano continued.
“[Trump] needs to address these issues soberly, directly and maturely…can President Trump survive all this?” the judge asked, then answered with: “Yes — but not if he has another week like the last one.”
The writer and Fox News personality then detailed just how bad Trump’s past few weeks have been, touching first on foreign policy and his failed summit with Kin Jong-Un in Hanoi.
“Mr. Trump’s foreign policy approach is anything but normal,” he wrote. “Mr. Trump knew when he left Washington for Hanoi that there was no agreement between the countries, and he also knew that no agreement was likely…but he believed that the force of his towering personality could produce a meeting of the minds.”
Then the judge hit Trump for his handling of Jared Kushner’s security clearances, which critics say involved Trump inserting himself in the process over the objections of security experts in the FBI who initially denied Kushner a security clearance (for reasons still unknown to the general public).
He called Trump’s alleged behavior regarding over-ruling the FBI and CIA on Kushner’s security status as “extremely dangerous and profoundly unwise.”
Then the judge explained why Trump’s nepotism in this situation was particularly harmful.
“It undermined the intelligence and law enforcement communities, demeaned those who obtained such clearances by hard work and merit, and has exposed the nation’s most carefully guarded secrets to a person who American intelligence believes is naive and susceptible to foreign inducements to reveal what he knows,” he said.
Read the full column here.