Jake Tapper did not need to do the heavy lifting as he laid into Donald Trump concerning his Phoenix speech specifically and his entire presidency generally. He used snippets of others to make his case.
CNN's Jake Tapper smartly used Republican stalwarts to rip Donald Trump and then provided his own admonishment imploring the president to change. The following is striking.
"The president's remarks last night were so over the top," Tapper said." they prompted this from a generally sober analyst, General James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence for President Obama."
"I found this downright scary and disturbing," Clapper said. "I really questioned his fitness to be in this office."
Of course, it's not the first time that we've heard serious people questioning the president's fitness," Jake Tapper continued. "Here's Republican Senator Bob Corker."
"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability," Corker said. " nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful."
"Here's former New Hampshire Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey," said Tapper."
"He believes in his own lies," Humphrey said. "He cannot be persuaded otherwise and he has no shame or guilt or regret or remorse. I mean the man is delusional."
"This is a subject that I hear more and more on Capitol Hill from Republicans as well as Democrats in off-the-record whispers," Tapper said. "They ask, does President Trump have the wherewithal to be President? Not just is he able to channel the aspirations of uniting us, but as Republican Senator Corker asked, does he have the stability to be president. Does he have the competence to be President? And it's a question the public is asking as well according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon. Voters overwhelmingly saying, President Trump, is not level-headed 68% to %29. Voters saying President Trump does not provide to us with moral leadership 62% to 35%, that he's not honest 61% to 36%. Voters believe by a two-to-one margin that President Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unite it, 62% to 31%. Nearly six in ten voters say President Trump's decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups. Now President Trump is a man who looks to numbers and to ratings. These numbers sir, these numbers are disastrous. You are no doubt pleasing your base. But your behavior is causing great concern among the majority of the American people."
Jake Tapper lets the president have it
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