Earlier this week, when Donald Trump’s own current advisers began leaking to the media that they believed he was essentially losing the last of his marbles, Palmer Report identified this as a cry for help: Trump’s advisers know he’s so far gone, they’re scared of what comes next, and they’re hoping to motivate the public to oust him. Now a Republican insider is doubling down on that assessment, telling his own party that it’s time to hit the panic button.
Michael Gerson may not be a household name outside the beltway, but he was a senior policy adviser to George W. Bush for six years. He knows how the White House works, he knows what it means when a staffer leaks something to the press, and he’s well connected within the Republican Party. Here’s just part of what Gerson said today about Donald Trump today:
“It is no longer possible to safely ignore the leaked cries for help coming from within the administration. They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims. A main task of the chief of staff seems to be to shield him from dinner guests and telephone calls that might set him off on a foolish or dangerous tangent. Much of the White House senior staff seems bound, not by loyalty to the president, but by a duty to protect the nation from the president.”
Gerson goes on to publicly tell his own Republican Party that a “decision is upon us” when it comes to finding a way to oust Donald Trump before it’s too late, both for the party and for the nation. In the mean time, he says the continued silence from most Republicans in Congress is “deafening and damning.” You can read Gerson’s full op-ed link).
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report