President Donald Trump’s inherited wealth has meant he’s never had to learn from his mistakes, Trump biographer Tim O’Brien told MSNBC’s Brian Williams on Thursday.
“Bloomberg Opinion writer and our next guest Tim O’Brien writes today, ‘Yes, of course, you need a certain kind of appalling narcissism to be comfy promoting yourself as heaven-sent in a televised press briefing and as a deity on Twitter. It’s doubly unhinged when you’re doing this as president,'” Williams said. “He goes on ‘The Trump of the past few weeks is the same disordered figure of the past several decades with, I suspect, a big dollop of something new blended in: unbridled and unmanageable panic.'”
“That perceived panic may be presidential fear of an economic slowdown in the middle of an election cycle that you may have heard about,” Williams noted.
For analysis, Williams interviewed Tim O’Brien, author of the 2005 book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.
“It’s always risky to say New Yorkers know something that the rest of the country doesn’t, but New Yorkers know who Donald Trump is,” O’Brien argued. “And anybody who’s been in New York since the 1970s is very familiar with how Donald Trump rolls: free association, self-aggrandizement, self-preservation, nonlinear thinking, he’s a force of nature, the media spotlight. None of this is a surprise.”
“And I think he’s a profoundly disordered thinker,” O’Brien continued. “He’s been insulated I think by wealth and celebrity from having to learn from his mistakes over the years. And he’s just sort of perpetuated the same schtick.”
“I think when he looked up at the heavens and said he’s The Chosen One he’s looking at his evangelical base. I don’t think he’s under any illusion he’s the second coming, but I think he knows it’s a useful political tool. And why is he playing on that particular string? Because he’s worried, he’s down in the polls, the federal deficit is soaring. Most of the weakness in the economy now is trade induced, of his own making, he can’t blame it on the Fed,” O’Brien concluded.
Chris Hayes breaks down the ‘busy day in the criminal chronicles of one President Donald J. Trump’
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes connected the dots between all of the bombshell news that was reported Friday in the impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump.
"Good God, today has been ten days and this week has been ten weeks," Hayes said. "And there are a million things happening at once."
"Just in the past couple of hours, for instance, we just got this incredibly incriminating and damning behind closed doors testimony from a U.S. foreign service officer that was still supposed to be kind of like the B-story today, the sideshow," he explained. "It's a guy who works in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, a guy named David Holmes. He testified behind closed doors that he could hear president Trump talking on the phone to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union who was an inaugural donor, and they were in a restaurant in Kiev and the president was shouting so loudly on the phone that [Gordon] Sondland had to hold the phone away from his ear because it was hurting his eardrum, so then everyone could hear."
Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report
President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.
Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.
‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.
The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.
Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.
"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.