An aide to former President George W. Bush thinks it’s time for the GOP to “panic” about President Donald Trump’s ability to remain in office.
Michael Gerson, who served as the director of speech writing and assistant to the president during the Bush administration, published an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday criticizing Trump’s leadership style.
“It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration,” Gerson wrote in a piece titled “Republicans, it’s time to panic.
Gerson argued that Trump’s personal conflicts with several members of his own administration and Republican lawmakers will result permanently damage the image of the U.S.
“They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims,” he said.
Gerson referenced several disagreements Trump has had with members of his own administration to bolster his claim that Trump isn’t fit for office.
He wrote about the recent public spat between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in which Trump accused Corker of giving the U.S. the Iran nuclear deal and begging him for his endorsement before announcing last month that he wouldn’t run for re-election.
As such, Corker has candidly criticized Trump, calling the White House an “adult daycare center.”
Gerson seemed to take Corker’s side.
“No, Corker has given public permission to raise the most serious questions: Is Trump psychologically and morally equipped to be president? And could his unfitness cause permanent damage to the country?” he asked.
Gerson also said reports claiming that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” and that Chief of Staff John Kelly is frustrated are indicators that Trump isn’t successfully leading the nation.
Tillerson denied an NBC report last week suggesting he called Trump a “moron,” and Kelly slammed reports Thursday during an appearance at the White House pnews briefing that he’s frustrated in his job.
“The time for whispered criticisms and quiet snickering is over,” Gerson said.
“The time for panic and decision is upon us,” he warned.
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