Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday morning, conservative commentator Charlie Sykes lashed out at Donald Trump — as well as his supporters — over comments the president reportedly made where he disparaged U.S. military dead as “losers.”
Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, a fuming Sykes said American service people deserve better than Donald Trump as their commander-in-chief.
“I was thinking this country and these veterans deserve so much more than Donald Trump, this vain, shallow, unempathetic narcissist,” Sykes began. “The people we call the anti-anti-Trumpers, they know it’s true; they know the guy, if they acknowledge it, if they believe it, it’s a real challenge to their conscience because how can you defend this?”
“A lot of anti-anti-Trumpers have a vestige of a conscience here and they managed to accept a great deal, but if they had to sit and think. is the commander-in-chief playing footsie with Vladimir Putin? Which is the answer is yes,” he continued. “Does the commander-in-chief have that much contempt for those that served, does he not want to see wounded warriors because that would offend him?”
“The thing about the story that’s so painful for them is Donald Trump has told us over and over again who he is,” he added. “His attacks on John McCain, the Gold Star families. This is the lens through which Donald Trump sees the world: winners versus losers. When you’re talking about POWs or people missing in action, this president does not have the understanding of human suffering or human sacrifice or serving a cause larger than himself. that’s what makes this story so devastating.”
No one with ‘an IQ over 80’ should not see Trump as a ‘sociopath’ on the debate stage: Conservative editor
On Tuesday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative editor Jonathan Last tore into President Donald Trump's performance at the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening in Cleveland.
"Honestly: I cannot understand how anyone with an IQ over 80 could have watched this disgrace and not come away understanding that the president of the United States is a sociopath," wrote Last. "But I’ll try to put myself in the mind of voters and tell you what I saw."
"He was a doughy, orange honey-badger, yelling, shouting, cajoling, needling and — this is the important part — never shutting up," wrote Last. "If you are a fan of the Trump lifestyle brand — if you have a Trump flag on your boat and wear a MAGA hat because you love pissing off the brown girl with the nose ring at Starbucks — then I suspect that you thought this was the greatest performance by any debater in the history of debates ... On the other hand, it’s not clear to me that Trump’s act was effective with undecided voters."
Trump has no strategy left against Biden other than to ‘burn it all down’: analysis
On Wednesday, analyzing the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Carrie Dann, and Melissa Holzberg's key takeaway was that President Donald Trump's only strategy is to "burn it all down."
"Trailing in the polls with five weeks to go, President Trump didn’t use last night’s debate to disqualify his opponent or outline his vision for the next four years," they wrote. "Instead, he decided to burn down the debate — by constantly interrupting, not engaging on the substance, offering falsehood after falsehood, and questioning the legitimacy of the upcoming election."