Steve Schmidt: Trump's 'corruption' is dragging America into 'banana republic territory'
Steve Schmidt (MSNBC)

On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former George W. Bush and John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt laid into President Donald Trump's "corruption," warning that it is undermining the foundations of the rule of law.

"The corruption is just unbelievable," said Schmidt, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent. "And if you look back to the Republican convention, Joe, when we talked about it at the time, the chants of lock them up — what I said about it at the time was it was banana republicanism."

"And the descent from the American republic into banana republic territory with all of this stuff has just been so stunningly fast, and the lack of outrage by elected members of Congress properly exercising their constitutional oversight responsibilities is just alarming," Schmidt continued.

Schmidt warned that Trump will feel "empowered" to continue abusing the powers of the presidency to enrich his family businesses as long as GOP lawmakers are unwilling to allow any kind of accountability.

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